“It was both thrilling and exciting, and also a little overwhelming,” admits Kyle MacLachlan as we chat via webcam (watch the exclusive video above) about returning to “Twin Peaks.” The actor reunited this year with creators David Lynch and Mark Frost to reprise the role of Dale Cooper, an FBI agent sent to a small town to investigate the murder of prom queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee). The Showtime limited series picks up 25 years after the original series left off, with Cooper reemerging from exile in the Black Lodge under the guise of insurance agent Dougie Jones to do battle with his evil doppelgänger. Taking on three distinct characters was a challenge, but MacLachlan adds, “David felt absolutely confident that I was the guy and I could do it, so that went a long way in giving me the confidence.”
The actor was excited by the opportunity to return to his most famous character with some new twists. “In a way, I felt like we were picking up where we left off from the original series with the inhabitation of… Cooper by this evil entity of Bob,” he divulges. “So there was a connection to the past. But these two new roles definitely pointed towards the future, and they were asking me as an actor to do thing that I’d never really done before.”
MacLachlan’s creative partnership with Lynch stretches back to the very beginning of his career, when the two made “Dune” (1984) and “Blue Velvet” (1986) together. “From the first day working with David, we had a connection there that… at the time I started, I didn’t know was so rare,” he recalls, “because it was my first film and David was my first feature director. But as I’ve gone through time, I’ve realized it really is a special bond, and a special connection that we have, particularly in the world of ‘Twin Peaks.'”
MacLachlan twice competed at the Emmys as Best Drama Actor for the original run of “Twin Peaks” (1990 and 1991), and won the Golden Globe for Best TV Drama Actor in 1991. He contended at SAG three times as part of the ensemble for “Desperate Housewives” (2007, 2008, and 2009). Will his return to “Twin Peaks” land him back in the awards race? Check out our full interview above for more.
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