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We can all agree that 2016 has already proven itself as a pretty depressing year in regards to celebrity deaths. Over the last few months, we have had to contend with the deaths of some fairly iconic entertainers and performers. From Alan Rickman to Prince, it seems that the universe is playing some sort of cruel joke on people with a deep-seated passion for pop culture. One such passing that has taken the entertainment world by storm came with the untimely death of David Bowie. A genuine talent in every sense of the word, the iconic singer also maintained a hefty acting resume, and almost managed to return to the small screen for a beloved TV revival before he passed away in January.
Speaking with The Dallas Morning News recently about the revival of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, actor Harry Goaz revealed that David Bowie had planned to make an appearance on the series revival, but passed away before the role could materialize. Bowie had a minor part in the 1992 Twin Peaks spinoff film titled Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and had reportedly agreed to return to the Showtime revival of the series in the coming season.
Those who know about David Bowie’s career are aware that he was far from a stranger to the screen. Over the years he took on many unique acting roles in addition to his well-known music career, making appearances in everything from Labyrinth, to Zoolander, to Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige. Even up to the time of his death David Bowie remained a very active performer. He had numerous acting appearances set up that never took place, and his passing, the culmination of an 18 month battle with liver cancer, came only two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar.
It’s safe to say that anyone who loves Twin Peaks will be disappointed to learn about this revelation. David Bowie’s appearance in the show’s universe in 1992 became instantly iconic, and the thought of him returning surely would have been enough to get any fans excited. Although we will never get to see this cameo on the Twin Peaks revival, it still feels good to know that David Bowie enjoyed his time on the project and had an earnest interest in returning to the world created by David Lynch.
Five months later, and we hope you're still resting in peace, Mr. Bowie.