I attended SIFF’s tribute to actor Kyle MacLachlan (a Yakima native and U.W. graduate) last night, and can report back that MacLachlan is charming and funny in interviews, and that his hair still looks great (if not quite as impressive as his “Dune” days). Here are a few highlights of the evening, which included an interview, a clip reel, and a screening of the “Twin Peaks” pilot:
— More than 20 years later, rumors still fly about the return of “Twin Peaks” for a third season. MacLachlan said “I don’t know anything about that,” but acknowledged that “it would be a lot of fun.”
— David Lynch, MacLachlan said, gave him the script for “Blue Velvet” while they were working on “Dune,” MacLachlan’s film debut. The young actor showed the screenplay to his mother, which was a mistake. “This is not a script you hand to your mom,” he said. Despite Mom’s misgivings, he made the film anyway, and said that the making of it was, surprisingly, a lot of fun. “We laughed a lot. A couple of days, there was not much laughter.”
— For Oliver Stone’s “The Doors,” MacLachlan originally wanted the role of Jim Morrison. “Can you imagine me as Jim Morrison?” he says now. Um, no.
— When he first signed on to “Showgirls,” he thought the film would be “a hardhitting expose of Vegas.” He gave a very funny re-creation of his reaction on seeing the finished film for the first time: “Oh . . . my . . . God.” Though he insists that “we were trying to make a serious movie,” he now admits that “Showgirls” succeeds “for all the wrong reasons.” (And that, while making the pool scene — you know the one I mean — he told himself, “Someday this is going to be funny.”)
— Upon first hearing that Lynch wanted to make a network television series, his reaction was “I gotta be part of this; it’s anarchy.”
— MacLachlan hosted “Saturday Night Live” in 1990, and starred in a “Twin Peaks” spoof, which you can watch here — it’s pretty funny.
— A young, during the Q &A, told MacLachlan that his work and persona was discussed in detail every day on the Internet, and asked, “Is that frightening for you?” MacLachlan, with perfect timing: “Now it is.”