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Tilda Swinton: I tried to kill my baby brother

Was Tilda Swinton a bad seed? The Oscar-winning actress, 50, reveals a deep, very dark childhood secret: She nearly murdered her youngest brother as a child.
/ Source: Us Weekly

Was Tilda Swinton a bad seed?

The Oscar-winning actress, 50, reveals a deep, very dark childhood secret: She nearly murdered her youngest brother as a child.

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The "We Need to Talk About Kevin" star told the shocking story to England's The Telegraph magazine.

Recalling the brutal 1993 murder of 2-year-old British boy James Bulger, Swinton said: "Years ago, when James Bulger was murdered, every newspaper front page was talking about evil. At that point, having suppressed it for years, I remembered when I was four or five, I tried to kill my own brother."

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Explained the British star: "He was newly born and I was disappointed, because he was the third boy. That was enough as far as I was concerned."

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But, thankfully, the "Michael Clayton" actress had a change of heart when visiting her baby brother's nursery. "I went into his room to kill him, saw some ribbons from a bonnet going into his mouth, and began to pull them out," Swinton recalled. "And I was discovered saving his life. So I had this strange reputation — my brother's savior — and no one knew I wanted to kill him. It took the Bulger case for me to remember that I'd seriously wanted to."

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Partners since 2004, Swinton and Scottish painter John Byrne are parents to 13-year-old twins, son Xavier and daughter Honor.

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The topic of child evil has been on Swinton's mind as she promotes new flick "We Need to Talk About Kevin," in which she plays the mother of a boy who commits mass murder.

"It's everybody's nightmare that, when they're pregnant, they're going to give birth to the devil," she has said. "That when they bring up children, especially a boy, they're going to give birth to this violence."

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