One of the most memorable characters from “Atlanta” showed up in the audience of the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, and it may or may not have show creator and star Donald Glover in disguise.
Viewers caught sight of Teddy Perkins, a creepy rich recluse who appeared in the show’s second season, as the camera panned over the audience at the 2018 Emmys. While he wasn’t credited on the episode “Teddy Perkins,” Glover played the character, done up in intense makeup to look white.
In the episode, Perkins is the brother of a famous musician and comes off as something of a send-up of Michael Jackson, but the episode is also a big change from the usual “Atlanta” episode. It plays more like a horror story, and it soon seems that Perkins might murder Darius (Lakeith Stanfield) after he visited Perkins’ house to buy a piano.
Donald Glover is at the Emmy’s dressed as Teddy Perkins what in the whole hell pic.twitter.com/Gz3qBimacf
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It’s not clear whether the Perkins who showed up at the Emmys was actually Glover in makeup, or perhaps Stanfield instead. TheWrap has reached out to Glover’s people for comment.
“Teddy Perkins” made a huge splash among the fans of “Atlanta,” and the episode’s director, Hiro Murai, was nominated for Oustanding Directing in a Comedy Series for directing the episode. The Emmy in the category went to Amy Sherman-Palladino for her work directing the show she created, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
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Murai also directed Glover’s the music video for his Childish Gambino song “This is America.” The powerful video for the politically charged song became a viral sensation.
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