Spoiler warning for anyone who clicked this while somehow not having watched Twin Peaks' first two seasons in the past couple decades.
The life of an actor isn’t always easy. (Just ask Idris Elba.) But while most of the bigger problems in a thespian’s world are over in a relatively short amount of time, that definitely wasn’t the case for iconic genre actor Ray Wise, who played Leland Palmer on David Lynch’s classic Twin Peaks. His time was a little hairier than everyone else’s on the series, and you can read about his troubles below. (Twin Peaks spoilers are included, folks.)
Leland’s change in hair color really is one of the more memorable aspects of Twin Peaks, but I’d seriously thought the process was far more temporary than that. I suppose it looks “too real” to have been a wig or anything, but to think that he had to go through that for so long, it’s kind of ridiculous. I’m pretty sure CGI would be used now in some way, as there probably aren’t a lot of actors out there willing to don the shock top for months at a time. Of course, there’s nobody out there quite like Ray Wise.
Wise shared this story as part of a Reddit AMA, for which he also discussed many of his other notable projects, like Jeepers Creepers, Reaper, and other shows that don’t end in –eeper sounds. But seriously, we just want to talk about Twin Peaks, since it’ll be coming back to Showtime in 2016. We probably won’t be seeing Wise returning, given his most excellent self-induced death, but if any show can bring people back after being dead for 25 years, it’s this one.
For anyone wondering what it was like for Wise to realize that his character was the one behind the series’ central “Who Killed Laura Palmer?” mystery, he interestingly lays it all out below.
As a Cinema Blend employee, I can honestly say I’ve never had to pretend like I’m the one that murdered my own fictional daughter. Them’s the breaks, I guess. 2016 can’t get here soon enough.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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