"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".