David Lynch has a reputation for being uncompromising and stalwart in the pursuits of his artistic visions. His debut film, Eraserhead, took years to complete, and when Showtime initially balked at his budgetary requirements for the Twin Peaks Revival, the filmmaker said he’d rather scrap the entire project than produce it on the cheap. But perhaps he’s not as unfaltering as we all thought.
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According to Sherilyn Fenn, who plays Audrey Horne on Twin Peaks, the only reason her character never had a love affair with Agent Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) was because fellow cast member Lara Flynn Boyle (who played Donna) didn’t want it to happen; Boyle and MacLachlan were dating at the time.
“So [MacLachlan’s] girlfriend, Lara Flynn Boyle, kiboshes an astonishing thing… I remember saying, ‘David, is this how it goes? An actor complains, because she’s the girlfriend, and then you change?’” [Fenn] said on the “Twin Peaks Unwrapped” podcast.
Fenn goes on to express her belief that the only reason the show introduced Annie (Heather Graham) and John Justice Wheeler (Billy Zane) in Season 2 was to defuse the obvious sizzle between Audrey and Coop by giving them new objects of affection: “Literally, because of that, they brought in Heather Graham — who’s younger than I am — for him and Billy Zane for me. I was not happy about it. It was stupid.”
“Now, Kyle will admit the truth. Then, he wouldn’t. At the time, he was saying, ‘No, her character is too young for me’,” she continued. (Audrey was supposed to be in high school, but Fenn was in her early 20s when she was on the show.) “Meanwhile he is with a girlfriend, I’m 24, 25, his girlfriend is 19. And they bring in Heather, who’s younger, so… whatever.”
Now that the characters Donna and Annie have both been written out of Twin Peaks moving forward, will Audrey and Cooper finally be free to let the sparks fly? Time will tell!
Official Synopsis: Directed entirely by David Lynch, the new SHOWTIME 18-part limited event series picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town were stunned when their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered. TWIN PEAKS is written and executive produced by series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost and is executive produced by Sabrina S. Sutherland.