Trivia / Blue Velvet

  • Actor-Inspired Element: Frank's tank was originally meant to be filled with Helium. Dennis Hopper, the guy who played Frank, turned out to be an experienced drug user and claimed to have insight into Booth's choice of drug, which was most definitely not helium. According to Hopper, the drug in question was amyl nitrite, an angina medication that is used as a recreational inhalant in the disco club scene.
    • Reflecting on the role some years later, Hopper lamented having made this change, saying that Frank would have been far more bizarre and frightening if, instead of using the gas to get high, he carried the tank around for no other reason than to alter his voice. Lynch, on the other hand, preferred the change, believing that the use of helium would cause audiences to laugh, which would be undesirable.
  • AFI's 100 Years... Series:
  • Enforced Method Acting: Isabella Rossellini actually was naked under her velvet robe when she did the "ritualistic rape scene", a fact that Dennis Hopper was not aware of, until the cameras started rolling and his co-actor opened her legs for him to kneel between. This scene was the very first time the two of them ever worked together.
  • Throw It In!: The light that Dean Stockwell as Ben uses as a 'microphone' was a work light that happened to be on the set. Without having been asked to, Stockwell picked it up and started miming with it, and Lynch was so struck by the effect that he left it in the film.
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  • Write What You Know: In interviews, David Lynch has told of how Dorothy's nude scene was inspired by a childhood memory of his, when he and his brother, going home from school, came across a dazed naked woman walking down the street. Lynch has said that it made him cry and left a profound impression on him.