Voided wrote:Having just watched ‘The Art Life’, I noticed a Billy is mentioned in some of Lynch’s paintings...just as a Bob is. Of course, there is a Billy Side in Inland Empire. The particularly interesting thing is that there were both a character named Billy and a character named Red in ‘Wild At heart’ Originally......but the scenes were deleted.
I suppose what we can maybe derive from this is that Lynch has attachments to certain names that mean something symbolic or just sound right to him....and they pervade his visual work over the years.
Red in Wild at Heart wasn’t DKL’s invention; he came from the Barry Gifford novel the film was based on...and his full name in the novel was Inman “Red” Lynch! It’s not entirely impossible that Gifford named the character in tribute to DKL (the book and film were created fairly contemporaneously, with the film beginning production before the novel was published, I believe), but I tend to assume it was a coincidence.