Donald Glover continues to blow the minds of fans with the Robbin’ Season series of Atlanta on FX. In the latest episode (April 5), another bizarre turn was the introduction of the eccentric Teddy Perkins, who was actually played by Glover himself, according to actor Derrick Haywood. Speaking to Vulture, Haywood — who portrayed Benny Hope in the show — confirmed that Donald stayed in character as Perkins throughout the entire episode’s filming on set.
In the commercial-free episode’s credits, it vaguely states that the creepy Teddy Perkins was played by “Himself.” “Initially, I had no idea that Teddy Perkins was actually played by Donald Glover,” Haywood says. “The director [Hiro Murai] called ‘Teddy’ over [on set] and said, ‘Let’s see what Teddy thinks.’ I’m like, ‘Okay, who is this Teddy guy and why is his opinion so important?’ When I say this guy was in character the whole time, it was just amazing the commitment he brought. We were calling him Teddy, he acted as Teddy — there was no Donald on set whatsoever.”
Fans speculated that Donald was the one behind the eerie Teddy Perkins mask, and as you would expect, some couldn’t shake the traumatic visual. Others expressed how spooked out and uncomfortable they were made by Glover’s transformation and wheezy voice on social media.
Check out a group of Twitter reactions to the 34-year-old’s implementation of whiteface below.
— Meghan Woods (@Miss_MEW_) April 6, 2018
Each Atlanta episode varies so wildly I never have any idea what I’m about to watch. Did not expect this creepy Donald Glover whiteface plot…
— Corey Vaccaro (@0valtineJenkins) April 6, 2018
Last night’s episode of Atlanta was fucking terrifying. No commercial breaks didn’t help how creepy it was…Donald Glover in whiteface is next level, holy shit give that man another Emmy
— s0ftp1nkmvtt3r (@aj_buu) April 6, 2018
I have been thinking about Donald Glover in whiteface for 16 hours so that’s how my Friday is going
— t’caitlyn (@motife) April 6, 2018
“Teddy Perkins” episode last Atlanta FX one of the oddest stand-alone episodes of any series. Psych-horror (touches of Get Out w/ actor Lakeith Stanfield ). Teddy is Donald Glover in whiteface. Michael Jacksonesque. Eating ostrich egg hilarious/grotesque. Googled Sammy Sosa hat. pic.twitter.com/emDmXVnjQq
— Dan Therriault (@dantherriault) April 6, 2018
Donald Glover in whiteface is nightmare fuel #Atlanta ??
— Jason Sopoaga (@Jas_God) April 6, 2018
I hope Donald Glover never addresses the fact that he did whiteface. Just carry on like it was no big deal.
— Alex. (@justalexbruh) April 8, 2018
Watching the Teddy Perkins ep of #Atlanta. @lakeithlakeith and horror imagery! Donald Glover in whiteface! This story is creepy AF both visually and culturally. Here for it! Love this show, @donaldglover. #GetOut2 #blackhorror pic.twitter.com/hBdEpVRmpi
— Tananarive Due (@TananariveDue) April 7, 2018