Trivia: Mulholland Dr.

  • Executive Meddling: The movie was intended as a television pilot, which would have ended about when Rita cuts and dyes her hair. The networks balked and so Lynch re-worked it into a movie.
  • Fake Nationality: Australian Naomi Watts as the Canadian Betty Elms. And later as the Fake American Diane Selwyn.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: The Keshers' pool boy is played by "Achy Breaky" Billy Ray Cyrus.
    • Coco is played by Ann Miller in her final role before she died.
    • The incompetent hitman is Jacob.
    • Dan is played by Patrick Fischler, who's been in way too many things to count.
    • The espresso-swilling movie exec near the beginning of the film is the movie's composer, Angelo Badalamenti. Not his only cameo in a David Lynch film, either.
    • The creepy Mr. Roque is the Man From Another Place (made up to look like a full-sized human being, for added Uncanny Valley effect).
  • In Memoriam: The movie is dedicated to Jennifer Syme, who worked as an assistant to director David Lynch at the time. Syme died in a car crash in April 2001, before the movie was released.
  • Meta Casting: Much like her characters, Naomi Watts was struggling before being cast in this film.
  • Mid Development Medium Shift: It was originally going to be a TV series.
  • Retroactive Recognition: One of the backup singers during the "16 ways I love you" number is apparently...Brian Beacock. Yeah. That Brian Beacock.
  • Star-Making Role: For Naomi Watts.
  • Throw It In: Lynch included Richard Green's (The Magician) prep - that first moment of him standing there for a couple of seconds was shot before the actor knew they were rolling. Richard Green said he was surprised to see it when the movie premiered.
  • What Could Have Been: Along with the film originally being intended as a pilot, Disney was supposed to release it (under their Touchstone Pictures label). However, they didn't like the final cut and ended up dropping it. Universal and Studio Canal ended up releasing it together.