Watch David Lynch Get Mad (Really Mad) While Planning 'Twin Peaks: The Return'

The production wasn't all blue velvets and roses...

We all know production can be stressful and anxiety-inducing. There's a strict schedule, limited time, budgetary woes, and a constant flurry of people coming in and going all in the interest of fulfilling a specific purpose. There are so many moving parts that it can be hard to keep track of who's doing what and what goes where.

You probably wouldn't expect someone as seemingly calm and meditative as director David Lynch to experience stress on a shoot, but we all have our increasingly high boiling points. 

Uncovered a year ago and uploaded to Youtube, footage of Lynch, arguing and smoking multiple packs of cigarettes, has been released arguing with his producers over time constraints on the set of Showtime's Twin Peaks: The Return. His fears are understandable: you can't force inspiration and creativity to come to you, and yet, you're often faced with the very real challenge that you must. "You have the weekend," a voice off-camera remarks regarding the amount of time Lynch has to come up with something assumingly brilliant. And then there's a complication with an actor's schedule. And then there's the issue of soundstages.

As the final "product" can attest, erything turned out well in the end, but it wasn't all dreamy, mood-inducing smooth sailing. Check out the clip of Lynch below.

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What did you think of Twin Peaks: The Return? Let us know in the comments below.     

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Loved every second of it.

March 13, 2019 at 8:48AM

Matt Newman

This....seems kinda reasonable, collegial, and fine? He's a director saying that strict shooting constraints eliminate the ability to play & experiment with shots. That's really admirable, in a way.

March 13, 2019 at 2:13PM, Edited March 13, 2:13PM


Greatest film I've ever seen on television. Lynch mentioned in video above that he had no ideas for the sheriff station scene. If he is referring to the scene where Bob met his end, I thought that was one of the weaker scenes. But, part 8 was pure art and makes up for any weaknesses found elsewhere.

March 13, 2019 at 2:51PM


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March 14, 2019 at 12:16AM


...I`ve seen directors/people getting mad...this is absolutely nothing and actually very decent...

March 14, 2019 at 2:04AM


This wasn't 'uncovered' a year ago. It's part of a featurette on the official Blu-ray release and as such wouldn't have been released without Lynch's word. It's a pity your editorial staff have decided to take such a salacious tone.

March 14, 2019 at 8:26AM, Edited March 14, 8:26AM


David Lynch seems rather calm and reasonable actually

March 15, 2019 at 9:38AM


This is nothing. I worked with Directors where this communication would be considered "friendly".

March 15, 2019 at 10:58AM

Jerome Arkward
Actor, Director

I think Lynch seems pretty reasonable here. He's passionate and wants to express his desire to get things done right. Plus, it's not like he's berating some intern he's never really met. He's speaking to friends and colleagues and is simply voicing frustration with the schedule. Nothing wrong with that.

March 15, 2019 at 1:37PM

Dale Raphael Goldberg
Writer / Director

That’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen. Fighting the good fight. The producers or upm or studio or AD or whoever are just thinking of making it fit in as the most efficient way you can in terms of the budget and schedule...without one thought to the exploration, discovery, and the artistic process, and even though some people might see it as negative, sometimes I think the only way some people are going to listen is to raise your voice and change the tone. It sucks to do that, and no one wants to be the bad guy, but I don’t think Lynch wants to shoot the equivalent of an episode of Gilligan’s Island or something. The people on the money side, might’ve been totally screwed, maybe there just weren’t any funds there, I dunno/who knows, but in any case, everything DL was expressing it totally understandable.

March 16, 2019 at 10:52AM

Daniel Mimura
DP, cam op, steadicam op

The original Twin Peaks is the most overrated mess of a story ever conceived for a visual medium. Horrible! Started out interesting but then turns into a terrible disaster.

March 20, 2019 at 2:54PM