27 aprile 2014

small chocolate bunnies

"MacLachlan is a star because he can do one thing better than anybody else: play decent guys with time-shares in the netherworld. Jeffrey Beaumont, in Blue Velvet (1986), FBI Agent Dale Cooper, in the hyper-series Twin Peaks (1990-91): These guys are Dudley Do-Rights with dark closets in their soul". "Kyle plays innocents who are interested in the mysteries of life," says David Lynch, who directed him in Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks and Dune (1984), MacLachlan´s debut film. "He´s the person you trust enough to go into a strange world with."

"He has the ease and charm that has gone out of film acting since the days of Jimmy Stewart," says David Jones, director of The Trial. "When I look at the dailies now, I really think I`m watching one of the great guys from the Forties."

But unlike Jimmy Stewart, who always meant everything he said, MacLachlan takes a simple sentence and makes us think it means something, almost anything, else. "Diane," Agent Cooper says in his deep, sincere voice, taping notes for his unseen secretary, "I´m holding in my hand a box of small chocolate bunnies." Suddenly, Easter will never be the same. MacLachlan has a knack for twisting the "normal" knob upto 11, for pumping the most-banal acts (drinking a cup of damn fine coffee) full of nitrous oxide. It´s his ability to undermine the obvious meanings of the world that makes thim perfect for an age in which you can´t believe in anything".

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