Mad Men is back. Twin Peaks mania won’t die, to the point that any hints of dream-like-ness on tv is hastily accredited to David Lynch, as if Buñuel and Surrealism never existed. But wait. David Lynch watches Mad Men! That explains everything. Or nothing. Related, via ShortList‘s interview with David Lynch:
“I like Mad Men. They’re great characters and whoever cast that show did a sensational job. It’s great writing, great atmosphere.”
Excitingly he reveals that he’s met some of the cast but confusingly, for a grown man and film director, he refers to them by their character names. “I had the opportunity to meet Peggy Olsen and Don Draper…” I interrupt to congratulate him on avoiding their actual names — something he has in common with my elderly relatives.
What’s more he insists on addressing the actors as their characters even when he’s with them. “That’s who they are to me. I called Peggy, ‘Peggy’.”
Did she mind?
“No not a bit. I met them in Cologne, Germany and my wife and I had drinks with Peggy in Paris.”
Is she as nice as her character?
“Maybe even nicer.”
Now throw off those Anxiety of Influence shackles, cease your attribution Tourette’s and think about David Lynch having dinner with Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss while calling them “Don” and “Peggy” the entire time. That shit’s funny.