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The return of Twin Peaks is something of an anomaly for television. After being canceled in 1991, Showtime has revived the series and will premiere its latest scene almost 27 years to the day after it first ended. In doing so, most of the original cast is returning, along with a slew of new actors being introduced to the world.
Going back to the world of Twin Peaks is an exciting prospect for any fan of the original series, but for those actually performing in the revival, there’s the added bonus of collaborating with David Lynch, who directed each of the new episodes that he wrote with co-creator Mark Frost. Whether new cast or old, the players on Twin Peaks couldn’t speak highly enough of Lynch or the world he created and as they arrived at the show’s red-carpet premiere in Los Angeles on Friday.
“It was amazing,” Dana Ashbrook, who played Bobby Briggs on the original series, told The Hollywood Reporter. “Once we got on the set and were doing it, it just took a little bit to get into it. It was smiles all around, it was like a family got back together. That’s the word on my mind … family.”
Everett McGill, who portrayed Big Ed, admitted that he was scared about returning before walking onto Lynch’s set. “You have to go back and reach these emotions that have been dormant for a long time,” he explained. “The minute I hit the set, that all went away. It was beautiful and surreal. It’s surreal when you think about the years that have passed.”
For Kyle MacLachlan, who plays the hero of the story, Special Agent Dale Cooper, the fear wasn’t really there. In fact, a Twin Peaks revival is something he’s tried to champion over the years.
“David and I are friends, and we would talk about Twin Peaks. Mostly I would talk about the idea,” he admitted. “I’d wonder if it was ever a story percolating in his brain and for the longest time there was nothing. Then he called me and said he had to talk to me about something. I thought this could either be that I’m in trouble for something or it has to do with Twin Peaks.”
Once the actor found out Lynch and Frost were working on a follow-up, he said the director asked him if he had any interest in being involved. “I said, ‘I’ve never not wanted to be involved,'” MacLachlan remembered with a smile.
From there, he was able to dive back into the mind of Agent Cooper. For the new cast, though, they had to learn about their characters and the connections they had to the Twin Peaks universe — and that all started with Lynch.
“There’s those auteurs out there. There’s Oliver Stone, Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Michael Mann and David Lynch,” said Jim Belushi. “I’ve worked with them all and they all have something in common: They create an environment for an actor to bloom and go deep. They love actors. It’s just a pleasure to be loved by David. He loves your work, he loves your character and the story.”
Meanwhile, Gotham and The Flash alum David Dastmalchian could not help but be in awe of the director he spent years idolizing.
“It makes complete sense to my brain and the way I process things that when I had the chance to see this wizard of films and television that changed my life I saw him on set,” he said. “The way he interacted with the actors I love, it was a peek behind the curtain a little bit. It’s not like anything I’ve ever seen before. It was like magic. He’s so passionate and focused. It was life-changing.”
Then there’s Frost, who has likely been a closer collaborator with Lynch than anyone else when it comes to the Twin Peaks universe. While so much has changed, one thing that didn’t is how the two co-creators plotted out where the story would go next.
“For us, the creative process hasn’t changed at all. It’s still just a couple of guys sitting around, kicking around ideas and talking about them,” he revealed. “That’s the one constant. That never changed.”
While the brainstorming was done over Skype due to Frost’s relocating away from Los Angeles, as opposed to the two men sitting in a room together, the magic was still there. “It’s still the same process of you have to do the hard legwork of laying down the foundation, making sure the stories and characters are tied down tight,” the writer said. “I think we talked for a year before we started drafting anything.”
Now, years in the making, the duo are ready to show their new creation to the world. The revival of Twin Peaks debuts Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime. Stay tuned to THR.com/TwinPeaks for continuing coverage of the series.
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