Emmy voters love rewarding performers who show their range and versatility by playing multiple roles — just look at Tatiana Maslany‘s victory as various clones on “Orphan Black” (Best Drama Actress, 2016). This year no one fits that bill more than “Twin Peaks” scene-stealer Kyle MacLachlan. In Showtime’s revival of the cult fave MacLachlan takes on three different characters: FBI Agent Dale Cooper, Cooper’s evil doppelganger, and the dimwitted Dougie Jones. Will MacLachlan follow in Maslany’s footsteps at the 2018 Emmys?
“To be honest, it was exciting,” MacLachlan told us when we recently interviewed him about the pressure of playing three roles. “[With Cooper] there was a connection to the past, but these two new roles definitely pointed toward the future and they were asking me as an actor to do things that I had never really done before.” That actorly challenge is what entices Emmy voters so often to rubber-stamp these types of multiple performances, from Maslany to Toni Collette (“United States of Tara”) to Sally Field (“Sybil”).
Back when the original series aired on ABC, MacLachlan earned two Emmy nominations as Best Drama Actor (1990-91), however the revival of “Twin Peaks” is entering the limited series categories at the 2018 Emmys. That means MacLachlan will be facing off in Best Movie/Mini Actor against such names as Darren Criss (“Assassination of Gianni Versace”), Al Pacino (“Paterno”), Michael B. Jordan (“Fahrenheit 451”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”), Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”) and Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”).
Earlier this year MacLachlan received a Golden Globe bid for the new “Twin Peaks,” exactly 27 years after he took home a trophy for the original episodes. MacLachlan ended up losing this year’s Golden Globe to Ewan McGregor (“Fargo”) who, ironically, got a boost because he portrayed a pair of twins on FX’s limited series.
MacLachlan and Maslany aren’t the only performers on Emmy’s radar this year that could prevail for playing multiple roles. Zach Galifianakis portrays twin brothers on FX’s comedy “Baskets,” James Franco plays twins on HBO’s drama “The Deuce” and, of course, Kate McKinnon has already won back-to-back Emmys for taking on various characters on “Saturday Night Live.”
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