David Lynch has revealed that David Bowie asked for his voice to be dubbed for his posthumous cameo in Twin Peaks.
Bowie, who appeared in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me in 1992, had been in talks with the show’s creator before his death in January 2016. Lynch wanted Bowie to reprise his role as FBI agent Philip Jeffries in the series. However Bowie still made a cameo in the form of a machine, with Lynch using footage from the 1992 series.
Lynch told Pitchfork that when he originally got in contact with Bowie’s team, he was told the musician didn’t want to be involved in the series, explaining “they weren’t telling me why he said he couldn’t do it,” adding, “But then, of course, later on we knew.”
He said, “We got permission to use the old footage, but he didn’t want his voice used in it,”
The show’s creator explained, “I think someone must have made him feel bad about his Louisiana accent in Fire Walk With Me, but I think it’s so beautiful. He wanted to have it done by a legitimate actor from Louisiana, so that’s what we had to do. The guy [Nathan Frizzell] did a great job.”
You can check out the scene below:
Lynch also spoke about working with Bowie on the original series, “He was unique, like Elvis was unique.”
He continued, “There’s something about him that’s so different from everybody else. I only met him during the time I worked with him and just a couple of other times, but he was such a good guy, so easy to talk to and regular. I just wish he was still around and that I could work with him again.”
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