Do you want to know what happens when you disobey David Lynch? Well, neither did the actors from Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival who were brave enough to join a Television Critics Association 2017 winter press tour panel about the 18 new hours of the cult classic show set to debut on May 21.
When asked what lingering questions Kyle MacLachlan might’ve had after the season two finale (which aired in 1991) and whether they were answered in the new season, the man also known as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper demurred. “I can tell you very little about [them],” he said.
But he didn’t think there would ever be any new episodes, so he hadn’t really imagined where Dale Cooper would be after season two. “It was left at the end of season two and that was where I left it, never expecting to return,” he said—but he also recognized “just how fantastic that character of Dale Cooper was, is, and am so grateful to have had that experience playing him. So the idea of a return for me was a gift, not only to be able to work with David again within that world but to be able to return to that character.”
Madchen Amick, a.k.a. diner waitress Shelly, was as skeptical as most people when it came to reboot rumors. “I didn’t think it was ever coming,” she said, adding, “and very adamantly when people asked me [about them] I was like, ‘No, absolutely not. I don’t think we’ll be able to do it again.'”
Kimmy Robertson, a.k.a. receptionist Lucy Moran, wouldn’t even reveal where she shot her scenes, but she did say how special it was working with Lynch. “For me, doing any other job with any other director was definitely not as cool, not as fun, and not as magic and not as happy and not as natural, so I missed that for 25 years,” she said, teasing, “getting to be on the set doing whatever it was I was doing was really fun. My knees got weak and they had to hold me up on the set of wherever I was.”
While Amick (unsurprisingly) didn’t reveal anything about Shelly’s storyline, she did say she didn’t expect where it went. “I can say I was surprised,” she said. “I had ideas where Shelly had gone or done and I was surprised by her journey.”
Twin Peaks newcomers Laura Dern and Robert Forster had worked with Lynch before, so they knew what to expect when it came to his unconventional filmmaking style. “The opportunity of working with David—and I think I speak for all of us—every day is magical, hilarious, you’re seeing something you’ve never seen before, you’re asked to be boundary-less in a way you’re not asked on any other television or film set,” Dern said.
Forster told a story about how Lynch kept telling him to do a scene in Mulholland Drive slower and slower, to a point where he began to doubt the direction. It wasn’t until he actually watched the finished film that he realized he was in someone’s dream. “So when David Lynch tells you get on that panel but don’t tell them anything, do exactly what David Lynch tells you to do,” he said.
For the most part they obeyed. The teensiest little slips? That MacLachlan and Dern worked together, that Forster is seemingly playing Cooper’s new partner in crime-solving, and that Dern is playing a new character. Well, maybe. When asked if she was playing Diane, “I am playing my own character,” she responded. But she’s not entirely sure. “Maybe I don’t even know who I’m playing! That’s also possible when you’re working with David Lynch.”
Twin Peaks returns with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, May 21 on Showtime.
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