Kyle MacLachlan doesn’t understand David Lynch movies

The Twin Peaks star appreciates that Lynch’s films “ask a lot of questions, but don’t give a lot of answers.”

Even after nearly 40 years of filmmaking, David Lynch remains one of cinema’s most enigmatic artists. While the meaning behind films like Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire may be a mystery, Lynch’s work continues to captivate cinephiles. Including some of his closest associates.

In a new interview with The AV Club, Kyle MacLachlan – who directed Dune, Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks by Lynch – revealed he’s often in the dark about Lynch’s artistic vision

“I don’t pretend to understand much of what David does,” MacLachlan said. “But I recognize that I’m his conduit through these worlds, and that’s challenging — and besides, I feel pretty good about it.” There is a confidence that I understand what I need to do with David. And I think sometimes, and I think that happens a lot in Hollywood, there’s a template that’s imprinted on you when you identify with something specific, and you can either reinforce that template or try to remake the template. You want to melt it down and start over. But I kept coming back to it.”

The actor added that the nature of Lynch’s films means fans don’t need answers to every question, but should simply focus on experiencing Lynch’s work as it is.

“There’s still a lot of data that I don’t understand, and honestly I don’t need to understand,” he said of Lynch. “His films are really experimental and ask a lot of questions, but there aren’t many answers.”

And while MacLachlan doesn’t pretend to understand everything David Lynch does, he knows there’s always a method to madness

“I think he knows exactly what he’s doing and what he wants to create, but I don’t think I always understand why,” MacLachlan said. “I think there are things in his films that are just there to put you in a mood, and he’s kind of like, ‘Stop thinking and just exist in this time now.’ So I hand over control to him quite honestly. I know he has the roadmap.”

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