Twin Peaks: The Return may now be over, but its many mysteries are still being revealed. The latest of these involves the rather surprising return of the late David Bowie's character Phillip Jeffries — an appearance that David Lynch has now explained in a new interview.
Speaking to Pitchfork, Lynch went in depth on Bowie's return to Twin Peaks, with his character of FBI agent Phillip Jeffries first appearing in the 1992 Twin Peaks film Fire Walk with Me.
"I never even talked to him, but I talked to his lawyer, and they weren't telling me why he said he couldn't do it," Lynch told the publication. "But then, of course, later on we knew."
If you also thought Bowie's return seemed a little off, especially when it came to his actual voice, there's a very good reason for that.
"We got permission to use the old footage, but he didn't want his voice used in it," Lynch 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 [voice actor Nathan Frizzell] did a great job."
Lynch also addressed the eventual mechanical form Bowie's character took in the show, saying, "I sculpted that part of the machine that has that tea kettle spout thing, but I wish I'd just made it straight, because everybody thinks it's a tea kettle. It's just a machine."
Along with explaining Bowie's returned involvement of sorts with Twin Peaks, Lynch had this to say about the fallen rock icon in general:
He was unique, like Elvis was unique. 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.
You can read more of the interview with Lynch over here.
At this point, it's unclear if Twin Peaks will ever be coming back for yet another series. But if it does, it may not be for a few years, as Lynch recently explained, "It's too early to say if there will be a fourth season of the series. If that were the case, we would have to wait a few more years because it took me four and a half years to write and film this season."