Trivia / Twin Peaks

  • Acting for Two: Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer) also portrayed her cousin Maddy.
  • Actor Allusion: "All things considered, being shot is not as bad as I always thought it might be. Long as you can keep the fear from your mind. I guess you could say that about most anything in life."
  • Actor Existence Failure: Catherine Coulson was set to reprise the role of the Log Lady on the revival series, but died shortly before filming started.
  • Blooper: Killer BOB is a rare character who is born of a blooper. Lynch had been toying with the idea of giving Silva a role on the show already, but accidentally showing up reflected in Sarah Palmer's mirror is what clinched it.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • Cantonese: 迷離劫 (Blurred Robbery)
  • The Danza: James Hurley was played by James Marshall.
  • Dawson Casting: Most of the teen characters in the series are played by actors in their twenties.
  • Descended Creator:
    • BOB, played by a crew member who accidentally ended up in a pivotal shot. They could have reshot it easily but David Lynch loved the visual of this guy hiding in the shot.
    • David Lynch himself as Agent Gordon Cole.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Lynch and Frost originally wanted the Twin Peaks sign to list a population of 5,120. ABC, however, expressed worry that viewers would find it hard to identify with such a small community, and demanded that an extra digit was added to the sign, bringing the population number up the 51,201.
    • ABC more or less forced Lynch and Frost to reveal the identity of Laura's killer during season 2, something they did not intended to do just that soon. They were being pressured to reveal this as early as the end of the first season.
  • Fake American: Michael Ontkean (Sheriff Harry S. Truman) is actually Canadian.
  • Fake Nationality: The Renault brothers are French-Canadians played by two American actors.
  • Japandering: A disappeared persons case, a Japanese tourist, Georgia coffee.
  • Name's the Same: There's a character named Mike Nelson. No, his name doesn't have anything to do with the guy from Mystery Science Theater 3000.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: While BOB is pure evil and scares the crap out of fans, the late Frank Silva was actually a very nice, funny, pleasant man in real life.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Donna Hayward; played by Lara Flynn Boyle in the series but Moira Kelly in The Movie.
      • And with neither actress apparently returning for the 2017 revival according to the recently released cast list, we may even have a rare case of the Other Other Darrin.
    • Pierre Tremond was recast, since Austin got to be too old.
  • Post-Script Season: Because of the mentioned Executive Meddling, everything after season one more or less became this. It felt incredibly awkward to have Dale Cooper still hanging around in Twin Peaks, even though he didn't have a reason to stay after the killer had been found. Windom Earle was more of a stand-in for Laura Palmer's killer than a real villain.
  • Production Posse: Kyle MacLachlan first worked with Lynch in Dune and again in Blue Velvet. Also, Jack Nance, who played the protagonist in Eraserhead (along with minor roles in both Dune and Blue Velvet) plays Pete Martell, who discovers Laura Palmer's corpse.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Will's actor, Warren Frost, is the father of series co-director Mark Frost.
    • Pierre Tremond's first actor, Austin Jack Lynch, is David Lynch's son.
  • Screwed by the Network: Twin Peaks was renewed for the second season, but the network moved it to one of the lowest-rated timeslots on television, Saturday nights at ten.
    • A spectacular case happened in Germany. RTL held the rights for Twin Peaks in 1991, yet competitor Sat 1 outright spoiled the whole series by telling the name of Laura Palmer's murderer on their teletext. As a result, the series wasn't such a big hit in Germany.
  • Short-Lived Big Impact: With only two seasons and 30 episodes, it popularized the Quirky Town genre in American television, having descendants such Picket Fences and Northern Exposure that ran much longer than Twin Peaks itself. Also, the amount of surrealism, eccentric humor, and horror in it were highly exceptional for a mainstream American drama series of its era, but such elements became much more common in television in its wake in the 1990s and 2000s. It also helped to popularize the trend for TV series with cinema-quality visuals, now practically the industry standard in scripted television. And that's not to mention its impact on gaming, most notably as a source of inspiration for the Silent Hill series.
  • Throw It In:
    • The villain BOB was created/cast when set director Frank Silva's reflection accidentally appeared in a mirror when filming the last shot of the pilot where Laura's mother wakes up from a frightening nightmare. Earlier that day, Silva had nearly trapped himself in Laura's bedroom, endearing him to Lynch, which led to him shooting footage showing him looking up from the foot of Laura's bed (Lynch had no idea what he'd use this footage for, at that point). His serendipitous reflection at the end of the pilot just cemented his place. According to Wikipedia, and according to Lynch himself.
    • Two other things from the pilot: When Cooper first examines Laura's body, a fluorescent light keeps flickering — the light they were using really was malfunctioning, but David Lynch liked the eerie disorienting effect this had, so it got written in as a transformer malfunction. And in the same scene, an extra misheard Cooper's line "Would you leave us?" as "what's your name?" and, thinking Kyle MacLachlan was breaking character, said his real name. The awkward moment that ensued got left in as a momentary aversion of Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Neither Lynch nor Frost ever intended to reveal the identity of Laura's killer, at least not as soon as it eventually happen in the show (even though they knew from the beginning that it was Leland).
    • Josie was originally going to be an Italian woman whose real name was Giovanna. She was also going to played by Isabella Rossellini, who was dating David Lynch at the time.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Season 1, not so much. Season 2, yes.

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