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Interview: Vivica A. Fox Talks Kill Bill 3, Celebrity Apprentice, Suicide Squad & Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The Celebrity Apprentice premieres Sunday at 9/8c on NBC, and Vivica A. Fox is excited about the season, which was actually filmed a year ago, “I really feel that the cast that they have is really eclectic, and it’s going to lead to must see TV.” Fox added that she is glad that Trump and NBC held onto the show and are deciding it to air it now.

Fox also remembered working on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with Will Smith, who she later worked with again on Independence Day. “I had to go and audition, I had to get that part, and they liked me so much that when I did an episode, that they invited me to come back a couple of times later. If they had a big star that wasn’t able to do the rehearsals, they would call me in to do the run throughs, and that was [great], because it helped me get comfortable with Will, who at the time I didn’t know that well, but over the years we’ve become really good friends.” She later said that she’d also love to do Independence Day 2.

She also discussed filming Kill Bill, and a possible third film, “I’d love to see if we’re going to do a sequel, with my daughter or something.” She added that she was shocked when she got the script and found out that it was originally intended to be one film, and told a funny story about how Quentin Tarantino discussed the possible controversial response to what happened to Fox’s character in the film.

Fox was ecstatic when asked about the possibility of playing Amanda Waller in Suicide Squad, “Put it out there! Come on! Get me a job!” After being told about fans wanting her in the film, she said, “From their ears, to God’s ears, back to the casting director and the producer. I’d love to do it.”

Fox discussed Sharknado 2, Beverly Hills 90210, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and much more in the full interview, which you can listen to below.

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Interview: John Gallagher, Jr. Says Goodbye to The Newsroom

Yesterday I had the chance to interview John Gallagher, Jr., who portrays Jim Harper on The Newsroom, just days before the show’s series finale airs Sunday on HBO. In this 90 minute interview, John discusses his music, his stage work, working with Woody Allen, Pieces of April, Jonah Hex, and his new films The Heart Machine and Valencia, which features Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman.

Discussion then moves to The Newsroom, including the size of the show’s scripts, why the show is only lasting 3 seasons, the possible meanings behind Charlie’s death, Jim’s dating life, the funny similarities the show shares with The Office, and much more.

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John also looked back at working with his Newsroom co-stars.

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Jeff Daniels

“Jeff’s incredible, I’ve always loved him. When they sent me the script 3 years ago, and I knew that he was playing Will, it was pitch perfect. I knew that he was just going to crush it, then we showed up to the first table read and I heard him do the ‘America is not the greatest country in the world speech.’ It was one of those moments, not to wax too poetic about it, but we were sitting there around a conference table at HBO’s office in New York, and Jeff came in and he had longer hair, and he had a little bit of scruff with glasses on, so he didn’t look like that character would come to look like. It wasn’t word perfect, he stumbled over a few lines because it was two pages, but even with that, there were chills. You could feel it in that room with all of us sitting there, going man, this guy is going to nail this, and bring something really special to it that nobody else really can. He absolutely made good on that promise and then some, tenfold, and to top it off he’s just one of the coolest guys, really professional.

He’s one of the guys on the set who set the bar for everyone. Every time you think you’ve done a lot of preparation, you get there and you realize that you haven’t even scratched the surface compared to what this guy has been doing, he’s incredible. Being such a fan of his to begin with, it’s really cool when your a fan of someone to work from afar, then you get to meet them and work with them, and then you’re a fan of their work for a whole other reason, for all of these different levels, not just the character of who they are as a person, how they are professionally, and their work ethic. So now my fandom for Jeff has gone into this whole other stratosphere.”

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Emily Mortimer

“She’s one of my favorite people in the world. She’s become a super dear friend, and is probably one of the nicest performers that I’ve ever met. Just really warm and generous, unpretentious, works really hard, you’ll never catch her seeming like she’s not seeming like she’s having a great time. Even if she’s having a bad day or something’s going on, or she’s got a million things to do, she is always completely in a great mood, and just really generous and kind to everyone, and very secretly funny. She’s funny in a way that you wouldn’t know when you first meet her, but she’s got an incredible wit, and a really funny kind of dark sense of humor. She really brightens everybody’s day, she’s just one of those people. She walks into a room, and everything’s better.”

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Alison Pill

“Alison really feels like family at this point, I was 17 when I met her. I was a kid living in Wilmington, Delaware who hadn’t moved to New York yet, and we stayed in touch here and there over the years, but doing the show was such a great opportunity to just hang out more. After knowing each other for such a long time, it was so cool to be like, ‘Wow, now we get to know each other even more.’ She’s just super cool, super bad ass, one of the smartest people I think I’ve ever met, quite honestly. She reads a ton, she’s always reading some new book, and not just a thriller or best seller, not to put any book like that down, but she’s always reading some incredibly intellectual volume, or some great autobiography, and it’s like no big deal, she reads it in a week. She’s like, ‘Yeah I read this, I’m onto this now.’ Then I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m still trying to finish the script from this week.’ Just super sweet, and fun.

I’m going to start overlapping with the way that I’m complimenting everyone because they’re all kind of kindred spirits. I think that’s how we all ended up on the show together, I think it’s a lot of like minded people. She’s just really smart, and an unbelievable performer. I’m going to miss her, I already have, we wrapped the show in July, so it’s been a few months of us not being on set together, and also realizing we’re not going to go back. Each time you wrap the show, you think, ‘Oh, I’ll see them in 5 months, then I’ll see them every day for 6 months.’ But now it’s getting to that point of having it soberly sink in that it’s over, that’s taking some getting used to.”

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Sam Waterston

“I want to be Sam when I grow up, I really do, I admire him so much. Incredible actor, and just an all around class act. Much like the same way that Emily is, he kind of lightens everyone’s load, he just comes in and has such an air of sophistication, calm, and ease about him. His resume is so unbelievably staggering and impressive, another really smart person, well versed, and well read. Very non-nonchalant, kind of comes in and always knocks it out of the park and never shows off about it or anything, it’s just right there, and really available. There’s something kind of magical about Sam Waterston, I look at him and that’s the kind of career that I would feel fortunate to have, but also the kind of person he is, I wonder if I could be like that someday.”

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Olivia Munn

“That was a big break for her as an actress. She had been on The Daily Show as a correspondent, and she’d obviously done a ton of stuff for G4, and been in a lot of films, but she’d done some sitcom type of shows, and comedy movies, so she hadn’t really sunk her teeth into a part like that. Not that I’m diminishing any of the stuff that she did before, because that stuff isn’t easy either, and also requires a great deal of talent.

A lot of people come up to me and say, ‘How do you guys do it?’ Obviously I can only speak from my own experience, but looking around at the ensemble, they make it look so easy, watching those guys work. For something that does require so much work, it’s like watching a professional athlete, especially watching Olivia and Tommy Sadoski together, the way that they kind of work off each other, I think that’s why their characters obviously ended up with each other, is because they had a similar way they were acting the material, in a way that makes it feel like you’re watching a Billy Wilder movie or something. The way they read the script off of each other, and take Aaron’s dialog and transcend it to a whole other level was just super exciting. Olivia makes it look so easy, and it’s not easy to make that kind of stuff look easy and natural, and she kills it.”

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Thomas Sadoski

“One of the cool things about his character’s trajectory is that in the beginning it was like, ‘Oh, maybe this guy is going to be one of the villains or something, or he’s going to be a jerk.’ That’s so obviously not Tommy, so once he was able to put more of his spin on it, Aaron was like, ‘This guy is on the same team as everyone.'”

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Dev Patel

“He’s like Puck from Midsummer Night’s Dream. He’s super playful, unbelievably charismatic, and an incredible actor. He also just comes in and just slays it on a daily basis, but really is like the jester on our set. Sometimes you’re working these 13 or 14 hour days, and it might be a Friday night at midnight, and everybody is like, ‘I want to get out of here, I want to go home, it’s been a long day.’ Dev is always there to crack a joke in between takes to keep everybody laughing. Not just us, but the extras, the crew, and everybody. He just has a real way of keeping everybody laughing and entertained, like right, this is hard work, but man, we actually all are so lucky to be here and have a chance to do this. Dev is awesome.”

Interview conducted by Cameron Cloutier, transcribed by Brett Buchanan

Interview: Interstellar’s Ellen Burstyn Talks Playing Older Murph, Nolan’s Secrecy & Requiem For A Dream

For our latest AlternativeNation.net Film & TV interview, I spoke with Ellen Burstyn, whose legendary career has included roles in The Last Picture Show, The Exorcist, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, and Requiem for a Dream. Burstyn is in Christopher Nolan’s latest film Interstellar, playing an older version of Murph (also played by Jessica Chastain and Mackenzie Foy) in a short, but pivotal scene. You can listen to the full interview below, and also read highlights.

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Burstyn discussed how she came to get her role in Interstellar, and director Christopher Nolan’s secrecy regarding his films. “Christopher Nolan asked to meet me, and I met he and his wife, who is his producer. I’m a science buff, I love to read about science, so right away we got into the whole concept of the wormhole, time, space, and all of that. We had a really wonderful meeting, and I was very excited to be part of the film. I left, and as I got to the lobby of the hotel where I had met, somebody came running downstairs with a script for me and said, ‘Here, Christopher wants you to have the script.’ He’s very secretive, he doesn’t let scripts out easily, so I knew then he wanted me to do the film. I don’t have a big part in it, but I would say it’s a very crucial scene.”

While Burstyn only shot for one day, plenty of preparation was needed to make her look like Jessica Chastain’s Murph, “I did the scene as written, then brought my own inner life to it. I shot in LA, one day, hours and hours of mask putting on. I was there for two days before, I had come earlier and they had fitted my face for a mask. It was very interesting, I said, ‘How are you going to have me look like Jessica when she has such a distinctive nose?’ They made this mask where the inside of the mask is my nose, and the outside is her nose. It was an aging mask, and also changing me a little bit so I would look a little bit more like her. So it took a couple of days of prep, but only one day of shooting.”

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Burstyn also discussed Requiem for a Dream, and her initial hesitation to work on the film, “When I first the script, I said, ‘Oh god nobody wants to see this film, these people are depressing. There’s no joy here, get me out of here,’ and I turned it down. My agent said, ‘Well before you turn it down, look at a film called Pi.’ That was Darren Aronofsky’s first film, so I got a copy and looked at it. After the first 4 or 5 minutes, I went, ‘Oh, I get it, this guy’s an artist.” So I signed on to do it, putting myself in the hands of an artist.”

“When we were shooting it, I knew it was going to be good, because I could see what was developing. He had the camera mounted on me at one point, where I was running through the house, I was the camera’s dolly, that was a first for me.” Burstyn laughed, “That was a first for me, I’ve never done that before, or since, I must say. He was such an unusual and inventive filmmaker, that I was really excited to be there, and I knew it was going to be good. I didn’t know how good, but you can never anticipate that.”

While Burstyn already had a legendary career before Requiem for a Dream, she was thankful for a chance to have another iconic role. “I remember on the final day of shooting Requiem, on the set the whole cast and crew, and Darren, presented me with a gift. I thanked Darren for putting me in a film where I know the rest of my life, I’m going to be known for a film besides The Exorcist, because people knew me best for that, but now I think most people know me for Requiem.”

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Interview: Catherine E. Coulson Talks Twin Peaks Return & Eraserhead

I recently had the pleasure of speaking to Catherine E. Coulson, who portrays Margaret Lanterman, better known as the Log Lady, on Twin Peaks. In the interview Coulson discusses Twin Peaks, meeting David Lynch, her experiences in film and theater, growing up with her father working for Walt Disney, meeting David Lynch, and her memories of Eraserhead.

Coulson compared working in film/television and theater, “It’s different, I like them both. What I love about live theater is live audiences, and I love that you don’t get a take two. You just go out there and give it your all, there’s a certain kind of wonderful freshness about that. We’re going to be doing 8 shows a week of Into the Woods in Beverly Hills, and you have to put it out there every moment, every night. Film is a really wonderful medium because you can do it over if you don’t love something, it’s a very intimate medium.”

While Coulson has theater work coming up, she has agreed to return to Twin Peaks for its 2016 revival on Showtime, but Coulson claims that David Lynch did not give many details on the show’s comeback when he contacted her, “When I talked to David, he said, ‘It’s too early for details.’ Then I said, ‘What do I tell people?’ He said, ‘Details to follow, and don’t play in the street.’ Those were the two things. Then I wrote him and said, ‘Listen, I’m doing a lot of interviews, is there anything else I can talk about?’ He said I could talk about how important wood is to the Log Lady, and that we should work very hard to protect our wood, and our natural resources. So I’ve been doing a lot of reading about trees, and ancient forests, and so forth, but I don’t know anything about the new series. I don’t know where it’s going to be shot, I don’t know when, I don’t know anything, other than that they asked me to do it, and I said yes. But really, that’s all I know, I’m not being coy, I really don’t know.”

Coulson also discussed how the show will be returning to a new world when it comes to advancements in technology, and cell phones, which didn’t exist when Twin Peaks originally aired in 1990-1991, “It is going to be a different world, there weren’t even cell phones when we did Twin Peaks. Agent Cooper had a giant walkie talkie. I think it’s going to be a different world, but everybody’s going to adjust to it. We’re going to have to.”

While the Log Lady hasn’t been seen on Twin Peaks in over 20 years, a new generation of fans have connected to the character. Coulson said, “It’s been an amazing ride, because now hipsters in college are really into Twin Peaks. I mean I get stopped everywhere I go all the time for the Log Lady. I was in Budapest last year, and a whole bunch of 20 year olds came up to me and said, ‘Margaret?’ And I said, ‘Well, kind of.’ I have these little cards where I sign the autograph of the log, because that’s what I think people are really interested in, is the wood. So I gave them all little log cards, and they were very happy with that.”

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Coulson remembered meeting David Lynch, and her memories of working on the set of Eraserhead, “I was married to Jack Nance, and he and I were both asked to come over to David’s house, where he lived with his first wife Peggy, who is a wonderful woman and still a good friend, and also a good friend of David’s. They had a little girl named Jenny, who is now Jennifer Lynch, and we went to their house and just chatted. I think the interview was really for Jack, to see if he would be a good Henry in Eraserhead, but David also talked to me about playing the nurse in Eraserhead. We were both actors in this acting company, we were part of the American Film Institute work shop, which we were doing for directors to learn how to act, and to have the experience of acting, so we taught a few classes. David was a really nice guy, very sweet, he had a midwestern kind of dialect. He was just a straight shooting guy, he had on a couple of ties, and I think a kind of torn Panama hat.

Anway, he and Jack really hit it off, and we had a good chat. We didn’t talk much about the movie, and Jack and I decided yeah, we’ll be a part of it, because he seemed like such a good guy, and he had a nice family. The next time we met on the set of Eraserhead, which he had been building with his brother and this guy Jack Fisk, who has become a wonderful director, he was an art director at the time. He asked me to help him time some scenes, as we were trying to figure out how long the movie would be. At the time I think it was a minute a page, and he had like 20 pages (laughs), but in fact, it became a gigantic, wonderful, feature film. So I timed some scenes with a stop watch, and then when we tarted shooting, and Jack Nance was cast as Henry, the lead, I said I could help out on the crew, because I wasn’t going to be acting as the nurse until later on in the shoot.

So I started helping out by holding the boom, helping with the lighting, and I did Jack’s hair as Henry, then I took production stills, and sort of did everything. It was really my film school, and David really taught me a lot about making movies. It was a whole other world for me, I had only been doing theater, for the most part, so I really fell in love with filmmaking because of that experience. Then we never actually shot the scene with the nurse, because by the time we got to that 4 years later, we really didn’t have a lot of money, and I didn’t think it was that important to shoot it, and I was helping raise some money, so we didn’t do it. But that’s my one regret, that I didn’t play that part.”

She later added regarding the long process of making the film, “There was never a sense of let’s get this over with, or let’s give up, or any of that. For me, it was always something I was going to see through until the end, no question about it. I remember once I had jury duty, and it just killed me, because I had to miss a couple of shots of the movie, and I hadn’t missed anything. I had to stay downtown in LA, and get rejected for every jury that I tried to get on (laughs). It was a wonderful time in our young life, we were in our 20’s. We started off as really young people, we ended up a little older (laughs). But we had a really good time together, it was a real team effort. It was David’s vision, and we all helped make it happen.”

Catherine will be in Guys and Dolls and Much Ado About Nothing next season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival starting in late February 2015. The Festival is a Tony Award winning theater-the oldest and largest rotating repertory theater in the country. The website for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is www.osfashland.org. The show Catherine did this year, Into The Woods is opening in Beverly Hills, CA on Dec. 2, 2014 and runs in a limited run until Dec. 21. It is playing at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts also known as www.thewallis.org. She will be playing Milky White (the cow), The Stepmother, The Granny and The Giant.

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Interview: Twin Peaks’ Ian Buchanan Talks Show’s Revival, Tells Hilarious David Lynch Story

I recently had the chance to speak to Ian Buchanan, who portrayed Dick Tremayne on Twin Peaks. You can listen to the full interview below, where Buchanan discusses working with David Lynch on Twin Peaks and On The Air, David Fincher, where Dick Tremayne is 25 years later, Twin Peaks’ Showtime revival, and much more. Read highlights below the interview audio. For videos analyzing Twin Peaks, go to the Obnoxious and Anonymous YouTube page.

Buchanan discussed the timeless quality of Twin Peaks, “Although it was the early 90’s, it could be the 50’s, it could be any time really. I would say part of the premise is that it was a sweeter time in America, a sweeter time where still very bad things happened. It’s got that wonderful kind of Leave It To Beaver thing, everyone living in these sweet little houses. What’s presented in the front is Americana, and that is very timeless. It holds up phenomenally well.”

He also discussed working with two of Hollywood’s most acclaimed directors, “I like David Fincher a lot, it’s great fun, it’s nice because he’s in charge, and I like that. I love when one person is in charge, sometimes I go to work and I don’t know who is in charge (laughs).” He added, “That’s the great thing about Lynch, Fincher, and any great director, on a great movie set. When they say action, the rest of the world stands still, and I just love that.”

Buchanan said that David Lynch would refer to actors by their character’s names on set, and recalled having to hang upside down for 2 days on the set of On The Air, which led to a hilarious back and forth with Lynch. “By the time they got me down on the ground, I was such a total mess. I was very nauseous like, ‘Oh my god, you’ve got to get me out of there. David came over, and I was upside down, and my eyes were on the floor looking at his feet. He lent down, he said, which I didn’t hear him say, ‘Copacetic, Lester.’ I thought he said, ‘You’re so pathetic.’ (Laughs) I was like, ‘What!? How could you say that, after all this?’ He was like, ‘What’s the matter? What’s the matter?’ I said, ‘You call me pathetic! I’m not pathetic! How could you say that?’ He was like, ‘Copacetic, copacetic Lester.'”

When it comes to returning for Twin Peaks’ Showtime revival, Buchanan said he “would be thrilled, honored, and delighted” to return. He revealed where he thinks Dick Tremayne is today, “I don’t know, I think he’s be singing in a lounge some place. He either has gone off to other places, bigger and greater, or if he’s still in that town, I think he might be a cheesy lounge singer in some bar. He could be anything quite honestly, he could be running the whole Horne’s department store.”

Check out AlternativeNation.net’s previous Twin Peaks interviews with Michael Horse, Piper Laurie, Ray Wise, Dana Ashbrook, James Marshall, and Bob Engels. For videos analyzing Twin Peaks, go to the Obnoxious and Anonymous YouTube page.

Exclusive: Michael Horse Says Michael Ontkean Will Return To Twin Peaks

I had the pleasure of speaking with Twin Peaks star Michael Horse (Deputy Hawk) yesterday for an exclusive AlternativeNation.net interview, and Horse had a lot to say about Twin Peaks’ revival, which is set to air on Showtime in 2016.

When I asked if Lynch and Frost would be able to get Michael Ontkean to leave Hawaii to reprise his role as Sheriff Truman, Horse responded, “I already heard they are [getting Michael Ontkean back], that’s what I heard. But it’s going to be really interesting. They’re going to get some new characters, they’re going to get some young girls, that’s sort of the eye of these guys. But what happened to these characters 25 years later is going to be really interesting to the fans.”

When I brought up Kyle MacLachlan returning as Agent Cooper after years on shows like Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives, Horse said he thought the return of Twin Peaks will be good for MacLachlan. “He’s just been turned into this like, yuppie milquetoast jello guy. Where is that guy that was in Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet? I think is going to be a good thing for his career.”

Horse said he’d already been sent feelers from David Lynch’s camp, “David’s assistant called, he was trying to get a call from me in Paris to talk to me. I figured either David was going to say we’re doing it again, but sorry we’re not going to use you (laughs), he’s that sweet of a guy. Of all the characters on Twin Peaks, I’ve found that Hawk is most people’s favorite. Especially Hawk being an old grey haired guy now, I think they’d be kind of missing something if they didn’t use me for something. Like I said, I’ve got such respect for David as an artist. If David didn’t use me, I’d be disappointed, but not upset. What David sees is what David sees.”

Will Andy be back? Horse sure hopes so, “I’m wondering if they can find Andy, I think he went back down to Texas or something. I hope they dig him out of the woodwork, because he was freaking hysterical.”

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Horse also discussed Twin Peaks’ lasting influence, “I didn’t think it was going to come back. Some things just are what they are, and they don’t need to come back, but I’m pretty excited about it. Twin Peaks and David Lynch changed television forever. There wouldn’t be Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and all of this stuff without David showing that anything is possible on television.”

While Twin Peaks broke new ground on television, not all of the cast understood the show’s many intertwined plots. “Nobody had any idea where this was going. Everett and I were really good friends, and we would be sitting there, and I’d say, ‘Everett, do you get any of this?’ And he’d say, ‘No, no.’ But yeah, I’m wondering how much of the old cast they will stick in there. I think if they don’t have some of the old cast people are going to be disappointed, but David doesn’t work that way. That’s what makes David who he is, David’s eye is David’s eye. He’s not going to listen to anybody, he’s going to do what he wants to do.”

Unfortunately one cast member who won’t be returning is the late Jack Nance as Pete Martell. Horse remembered Nance, “One of my favorite things I have, I knew Jack for a long time, and I saw Eraserhead. I say to Jack, ‘Hey Jack, I’m a pretty out there guy, I’m an artist, what the f**k did that mean?’ So I have a picture of him from Eraserhead and it says, ‘Figure it out yet? Love, Jack.’ I would say, ‘Jack, what we shot here, what does this mean?’ Everything makes sense through Jack’s eyes. Jack really liked me, we were really close. Everybody was nice on that set, Joan Chen was a little bizarre.”

Listen to the full interview below, and check out AlternativeNation.net’s previous Twin Peaks interviews with Piper Laurie, Ray Wise, Dana Ashbrook, James Marshall, and Bob Engels. For videos analyzing Twin Peaks, go to the Obnoxious and Anonymous YouTube page.

Interview: Piper Laurie Discusses Twin Peaks Revival & Carrie

In this exclusive AlternativeNation.net interview, legendary actress and 3 time Oscar nominee Piper Laurie discusses her life and career in-depth. Listen to the entire interview below, and also read highlights including Laurie’s thoughts on Twin Peaks returning to Showtime, and her memories of shooting Carrie. For videos analyzing Twin Peaks, go to the Obnoxious and Anonymous YouTube page. Check out AlternativeNation.net’s previous Twin Peaks interviews with Ray Wise, Dana Ashbrook, James Marshall, and Bob Engels. Michael Horse also revealed to AlternativeNation.net today in a new interview that Michael Ontkean will return to Twin Peaks.

On Twin Peaks’ return to Showtime: “I hope they bring me back, I’d love to. It would be very interesting what they decide to do. I haven’t seen David in years.” She added, “I used to hear those rumors all the time, and they were bad. So when someone called me the other day, and said it’d been announced, I poo pooed it, and said it was not real. Then I got a few more calls, then I read some stuff online or something, and I guess it’s real! It would be fun, I hope I get asked back.”

On Catherine’s disguise as a Japanese businessman in Season 2: “We ended the first season, and then I got a phone call from David Lynch. He said, ‘Rosie, I want Catherine to come back to town in disguise as a businessman, and make all sorts of trouble. I want you to take a couple of weeks and think about what sort of man, foreigner, she could be. Mexican, Frenchman, or whatever.’ After the call ended, I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy. It was like he was giving me the gift of childhood, the kind of make believe, of inventing stuff that you can only do as a child. I had such power, I could create my own part, so I chose to be a Japanese businessman because I thought it’d be less predictable. When we went back to work, David was completely accepting of it. He was like, ‘Great,’ and that’s what we did.”

On working with Jack Nance on Twin Peaks: “He was very sweet. He was very malaise. I remember when David Lynch asked me to go into disguise as the man for second season, it was important for no one to know that it was me, not even the crew or the actors. He didn’t know it was me, and we worked very closely, he just didn’t get it. The first day on the set I remember I was told that he went to David and Mark Frost and said, ‘Boy, that new actor is weird.’ (Laughs) He just bought it all the way. We used to have a lot of little parties, every couple of weeks there would be some excuse for a party. They would rent a club somewhere, and the whole cast and crew would come, and we’d have fun. It was at one of those where he came up to me, he had read the script where Catherine reveals herself, and he pretended to be pissed off at me. Maybe it’s because he was (laughs). When I look back at those scenes we had each other, we were nose to nose in scenes, and talking about Broadway musicals and things like that. He just really didn’t know it was me, and it was terrible for me, I couldn’t laugh because it would ruin my makeup.”

On how difficult it would be to get Twin Peaks made now if it was a brand new series, and how Hollywood repeats past ideas from Twin Peaks and Carrie: “There’s also the fact that Twin Peaks has been ripped off so much over the years that it wouldn’t seem original if you described it. I was just thinking about the scene that was in Carrie, Brian De Palma overnight decided to send a prop man out all over Los Angeles, and buy every candle he could find, and he put it in Carrie’s house when she comes home to the mother. The house was just blazing with all of these lit candles looking beautiful, and I couldn’t think of any movie before that to use that sort of effect. I think probably in the 30’s there were some horror movies that 3 or 4 candles, but nothing quite like that. But since De Palma made Carrie, it’s been copied so often.”

On rehearsing for Carrie with Sissy Spacek:
“I had worked out some, what I thought were terrifically funny physical bits of comedy to do. Like in the scene where we’re waiting for the boy to show up, and I say, ‘He’s not coming.’ In this version you see Margaret pulling her hair, but I did it in what I thought was a comical way. I really pulled myself across the room and back and forth with my hair, and Brian stopped me after the second time and said, ‘You can’t do that, you’re going to get a laugh.’ That was the first time I realized that he really didn’t think of it as what I thought it was supposed to be.”