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David Lynch Will Not Address You By Your Real Name

While Mad Men hasn’t spurred renewed interest in Twin Peaks from David Lynch, it has given him immense pleasure. He’s a big fan of the show. So much so that he’s even had dinner with Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss. Excuse me. Don Draper and Peggy Olson. Lynch only addresses them by their slave names.

“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.”

After the fifth time a guy you’re eating dinner with calls you by your character’s name is probably when it turns from cutesy into “maybe I should check my wine for roofies.”

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