Kyle Merritt MacLachlan, known simply as Kyle MacLachlanwas born in Yakima, Washington, on February 22, 1959. Of Scottish, Cornish, and German descent, he is the son of a lawyer turned stockbroker and a public relations director for a school district who was active in arts programs. community.
“Well, good art asks questions, you know? It doesn’t always give answers. I think that is what we are experiencing now. It is not always the most comfortable or most satisfying feeling. It also asks us to consider what we have just seen. That’s how I see it”, he commented on the end of ‘Twin Peaks‘.
Interested in acting since he was a child, in 1977 he began studying dramatic art at the University of Washington, at which time he began his career on stage. All that changed when in the early 1980s David Lynch crossed paths with him, a dream artist with whom he established a deep friendship and who trusted him for his unsuccessful adaptation of ‘dunes‘ in 1984, MacLachlan’s big-screen debut as Paul Atreides himself.
“There are not many filmmakers like David Lynch, especially in the United States. He is very brave and daring. He creates from an unknown place. He doesn’t follow any plan. Follow an unconscious impulse and that’s hard to do nowadays when people want to know how much you’re going to make from this movie on the first day of shooting. They want to know what they can get back by the 90th day, or the 120th day, or the 180th day, or whatever. And David doesn’t work that way and that doesn’t exist anymore.”
And the rest is history, a strange, complex and tremendously interesting career, full of hidden gems and unorthodox works and with brilliant turning points every time Lynch crosses his path, arguably the director who best understands the actor and the actor. responsible for the creation of FBI special agent Dale Cooper, a role for which the actor won a Golden Globe in 1991 and for which he was nominated again in 2018 with the immeasurable return of ‘Twin Peaks‘.
“After the series ended, I was reluctant to go back for the movie, ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walks With Me.’ I was pretty naive about it. At the time, I felt trapped in that role, but looking back, Dale Cooper was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I kept making some film choices that were quite strange, made with the best of intentions, but they didn’t necessarily turn out the way I wanted them to.”
We now review his best roles in film and television, have we left out any fundamental ones?
10. “Dune” (David Lynch, 1984)
9. ‘Sex and the City’ (Darren Star, 1998/2003)
Four New Yorkers and their bed troubles in the big city became one of the great references of HBO.
MacLachlan became an indispensable supporting cast as Trey MacDougal, one of Charlotte’s two biggest couples.
Available on HBO.
8. ‘The Flintstones’ (Brian Levant, 1994)
Fred Flintstone is promoted and leaves the quarry’s hard farm work to become a top executive at Rajuela’s company. The problem is that he is nothing more than a pawn in the plans of the evil Cliff Vandercueva, the ambitious vice president who plans that Pedro be accused of the embezzlement with which he plans to become a millionaire.
If he caught you old enough in ’94, MacLachlan became one of your favorite villains. If not, there’s nothing to complain about either, it’s easy to enjoy the actor sharing a shot with the then unknown Halle Berry and the great John Goodman and Rick Moranis in the skin of the Hanna-Barbera characters.
Available on HBO.
7. ‘Hidden (The hidden)’ (Jack Sholder, 1987)
A Los Angeles police officer and an FBI special agent investigate a series of bizarre deaths in which all the victims seemed to have two things in common: radical behavioral changes before their deaths and an inexplicable resistance to pain.
Sci-fi police thriller with aliens, Michael Nouri and Kyle MacLachlan, what more could you ask for?
6. ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me’ (1992)
Special Agent Chester Desmond (Chris Isaak) guides rookie Sam Stanley (Kiefer Sutherland) as they delve into a case much darker and more complex than they imagined. Soon after, the tortuous last days of Laura Palmer’s life began. Between both events, the dreamer gives us a preview of ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ in which Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), Rosenfeld (Miguel Ferrer) and Cole (David Lynch) meet again with a fleeting Phillip Jeffries (David Bowie). There is nothing.
Reviled in her life for not advancing in the open plot of the series, time -as always- has ended up proving Lynch right.
Available in Filmin.
5. ‘Portlandia’ (Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jonathan Krisel, 2011/2018)
Such is life in Portland, Oregon. Or so it is in the minds of those who choose to live in Portland. Oregon.
A gem based on sketches in which Fred Armisen seems to free himself from the yoke of Lorne Michaels to apply everything he learned on ‘Saturday Night Live’ to go one step further. A daydream about the America that is never clear if it has come to exist in which MacLachlan embodies the most common secondary character, the mayor.
4. ‘Showgirls’ (Paul Verhoeven, 1995)
Nomi Malone is not pa’ hosts. A dancer with unwavering ambition, her arrival in Las Vegas is a revolution. “The attitude of a smoker, the fuse of a cocaine addict”, as they would say in ‘Comedy Perpetua’.
Paul Verhoeven was so far ahead of his time that he helped destroy Elizabeth Berkley’s career with this misunderstood gem now empowered by an empowered fan base. MacLachlan stars alongside the actress in the most brilliantly savage and parodic sex scene in movie history.
Available in Filmin.
3. ‘Blue Velvet’ (David Lynch, 1986)
One lazy morning, good old Jeffrey Beaumont finds a human ear in the grass. The young man’s intrigue will lead him to anticipate the police investigation, thus discovering the terrible Frank Booth and his toxic affiliates.
The surface and the sewers, the dream and the nightmare, the reality and THE REALITY. Lynch plays home and MacLachlan is her perfect knight errant in a perfect movie that rises above good and evil.
Available in Filmin.
2. ‘Twin Peaks’ (David Lynch, Mark Frost, 1990/1991)
Someone has killed Laura Palmer, the perfect high school queen. FBI special agent Dale Cooper is in charge of solving a mystery that will take him to the very heart of fiction.
Lynch gave MacLachlan a perfect character and he knew how to take advantage of his second on screen. Since his appearance in the pilot episode, already with the recorder in hand but still surprised by the impregnable Douglas fir trees and the sweetness of cherry pies, not even the ravings of those episodes of the second season have made us stop paying attention to the good guy Coop.
1. ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ (David Lynch, 2017)
Twenty-five years later, Cooper is released. His return to reality (or to the one that occurs in this fiction) will not be entirely placid since, at this time, his doppelgänger seems to have found a way to stay among us definitively.
Lynch relied on MacLachlan for his magnum opus and, not content to return to serving the public’s favorite coffee, offered several variations of it that ended up being just as satisfying as the classic. The actor’s best work to date has earned an eternal place in our hearts for good old Dougie Cooper, and a bitter corner in our nightmares for Bad Cooper.
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