How Lynch Got Bowie for FWWM

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How Lynch Got Bowie for FWWM

Postby bosguy1981 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:20 pm

I remember Bob Engels told a story about how David Lynch had an assistant who was a big David Bowie fan, and she was the person who suggested to Lynch that Bowie might be right for Philip Jeffries. Just came across this short video on YouTube that was posted today and has a really cool story about how Bowie was finally approached about it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNdQ4AutyOQ
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Re: How Lynch Got Bowie for FWWM

Postby Jerry Horne » Fri May 04, 2018 1:20 pm

Was it removed?
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Re: How Lynch Got Bowie for FWWM

Postby bosguy1981 » Tue May 08, 2018 12:02 pm

Jerry Horne wrote:Was it removed?


RATS! Apparently, it got yanked. I hope it gets re-added, because the woman interviewed did a great job telling the story. Incase it never gets re-added, here's the story:

The woman interviewed in the YouTube worked in the 90's as a music journalist, I believe. (I can't remember her name but let's say her name is Susan). Susan's company passed out free tickets to see Morrissey in concert and she got the two tickets. She decided to invite her friend Debbie, who worked for David Lynch at the time. At first, Debbie seemed uninterested and didn't really know who Morrissey even was, but Susan convinced her to go.

Suddenly, during the encore, the two women were surprised to hear Bowie's voice! He walked out on stage as a surprise guest with Morrissey. After they performed, Susan and Debbie went backstage to meet them. Debbie said, "I'm going to go talk to them" and went over to have a conversation with Bowie. When she returned to Susan, Debbie said, "You won't believe this, but we've been trying to contact Bowie about taking a role in Fire Walk With Me. We've left several messages with his management but they never return our calls." Debbie told Bowie about this backstage at the concert and "Bowie did a triple-take" when he heard this. Debbie could tell that Bowie was very upset that his management didn't tell him about this. Susan said "Bowie was very kind to Debbie but you could tell he was upset and wanted to get all the facts straight."

Thanks to that random meeting, Bowie got in touch with Lynch and the rest is history!
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Re: How Lynch Got Bowie for FWWM

Postby TheArm » Tue May 08, 2018 12:53 pm

That's so interesting, thanks for sharing this! I'd never heard this story before. For some reason I had always been under the impression that Bowie, as a fan, asked about having a small role in the film; I didn't realize they had pursued him.
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Re: How Lynch Got Bowie for FWWM

Postby bosguy1981 » Tue May 08, 2018 1:20 pm

I'm so bummed this was taken off YouTube. I don't know what media company put it together but the woman's on-camera interview recollection of the story was intercut with cool little drawings of all the parties she was talking about (Bowie, Morrissey, Lynch, herself, and this Debbie person). Sound familiar to anybody? Maybe it's still alive on this company's website but just not on YouTube?

I shared it with a friend who loves Bowie (but not into Twin Peaks) and we both kept texting each other about what a cool story it was and what a great storyteller the lady was in how she recounted it. At the end, she was smiling, and saying how it was so amazing to think that if she hadn't got those Morrissey tickets, or if Debbie didn't answer her phone that night, or this or that, that maybe Bowie never would have been in the movie. You never know.

Oh, and there was music playing underneath this YouTube video that was somewhat reminiscent of Audrey's Prayer, so it made the retelling even a little more cool for a TP fan.

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