Kyle MacLachlan says he doesn’t “pretend to understand” David Lynch’s films

“I just pretty much give over control honestly to him”

Kyle MacLachlan has said he doesn’t “pretend to understand much” of his collaborations with director David Lynch.

The actor, who is best known for working with Lynch on projects like Twin Peaks, 1984’s Dune and Blue Velvet, discussed his working relationship with the director in an interview with AV Club.

Asked about the themes of Blue Velvet and if the film inspired the actor’s creative path moving forward, MacLachlan said: “I don’t think that I was that conscious of it, to be honest. I was fresh out of school and just learning my chops, and suddenly I’m working with one of the great filmmakers, surreal filmmakers in the world.


“And I don’t pretend to understand much of what David does, but I do recognise that I’m his conduit through these worlds, and that’s a challenge – and also, I feel pretty good about that. There’s a confidence that I understand what’s necessary for me to do with David.”

Asked if he believes there’s a defined meaning in Lynch’s choices, MacLachlan replied: “Oh, I think he knows exactly what he’s doing and what he wants to create, but I don’t think I always understand why. I think there are things in his films that are there just to put you in a frame of mind, and he’s sort of saying ‘stop thinking and just exist in this time now.’

“So I just pretty much give over control honestly to him. I know he’s got the road map, and I’m following it in my way, and then he’s supplementing when I have a question or he needs to direct.”

MacLachlan’s latest role is in the crime comedy film Confess, Fletch, directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad). The film, which follows a man who becomes a murder suspect while searching for a missing art collection, also stars Jon Hamm, Roy Wood Jr., Lorenza Izzo, John Slattery and Marcia Gay Harden.

The actor last collaborated with Lynch on the revival of Twin Peaks, titled Twin Peaks: The Return, which aired on Showtime in 2017.

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