Robert Broski walks onto stage. He pops a cigarette into his mouth and asks, "Got a light?"
This is the perfect way to start the Twin Peaks panel at San Diego Comic-Con, with The Woodsman, the most iconic character of Twin Peaks: The Return: the maybe-supernatural, maybe-real, maybe-who-knows-what character that debuted in Episode 8, the most Lynchian episode of the season.
During the panel discussion, Broski said that David Lynch left the performance of The Woodsmen up to the men themselves. "He gave us the makeup, he gave us the wardrobe, he gave us the scene. I think he wanted us to dig in internally and bring it out." But he didn't get the scene itself until minutes before they shot it. “I think [Lynch] wanted the first interpretation of it.”
Lynch, the series' creator, writer, and director, was not on hand for the panel, but he did give executive producer Sabrina Sutherland a note to read. "I am working with Phillip Jefferies to see if I can get there. Twin Peaks fans are the best fans... I got my days mixed up and I'm gonna be there yesterday, if not sooner... It's slippery in here... In the red room, Special Agent Dale Cooper has already won the Emmy."
For Sutherland's part, she said she almost passed out when she found out Twin Peaks was coming back. “I never thought it would come back. The credit is yours [the fans].”
Harry Goaz (Deputy Andy Brennan) called his TV wife Kimmy Robertson (Lucy Brennan) when the full cast list came out, and they were speculating who would play their child. When he read it to her, and got to Michael Cera's name, she screamed, “OH MY GOD! I HOPE SO!" Cera did, in fact, turn out to play Wally "Brando" Brennan, their son.
Amy Shiels was asked what it was like to play a desexualized sexualized character with her portrayal of robotic showgirl Candie. “I didn’t approach her as that,” she said, then went on to say that Lynch described the character as "kind and loving" and that "it was nice to explore that … and not have to worry about looking good."
George Griffith said that the best direction Lynch gave him for his character Ray Monroe came from when they were working on a farm. Griffith was on the floor, and Lynch hovered over him and said, "It's got to be more... mysterioso." Nicole LaLiberte had a similar story about Lynch directing her character, Darya. "It’s gotta be real. It’s gotta start like here…," said LaLiberte, then proceeded to demonstrate the Itsy Bitsy Spider.
Unfortunately, there was no "big announcement" mentioned, as had been rumored to happen on the convention floor. Even still, it's great that Twin Peaks keeps coming out for the fans, and the fans are always here for Twin Peaks.
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