Kyle MacLachlan shot to worldwide fame as the star of David Lynch's TV series 'Twin Peaks' back in 1990, but the actor admits he "doesn't fully get" some of his long-time collaborators films.
In an interview with the AV Club, MacLachlan, who has worked with Lynch on a number of films and television shows, says the esoteric filmmaker confuses even him.
"There’s still the large chunks of data that I don’t understand, and I don’t need to understand, honestly," MacLachlan said.
"His movies are experiential, really, and they ask a lot of questions, but there are not a lot of answers provided."
MacLachlan says that the lack of clarity is the secret behind so many of Lynch's greatest films.
"I think he knows exactly what he’s doing and what he wants to create, but I don’t think I always understand why," he said.
"I think there are things in his films that are there just to put you in a frame of mind, and he’s sort of saying ‘stop thinking and just exist in this time now.’ So I just pretty much give over control honestly to him."
The duo first worked together in the 1984 version of 'Dune', a film that had to contend for cult classic status as opposed to Denis Villeneuve's Oscar-winning blockbuster last year, before reuniting for the 1986 noir classic 'Blue Velvet'.
MacLachlan is known to a generation of TV viewers for his lead role as FBI agent Dale Cooper in Lynch's seminal series 'Twin Peaks', which took the world by storm in 1990.
MacLachlan reprised the role in 1992's 'Fire Walk With Me', and returned to the role for the mind-bending 2017 revival.
Working with Lynch for such a long period of time helped the actor understand the master of surrealism, saying "the script is obviously incredibly helpful, but I follow what he needs just intuitively- there's not a lot of discussion."
"There’s not a lot of intellectual going through stuff. It’s a feeling, it’s a mood, it’s an energy kind of thing."
The 'Showgirls' and 'Desperate Housewives' star will be next seen on our screens in the Jon Hamm comedy 'Confess, Fletch' as a germophobe art dealer.
He said the role appealed to him, as it served as a challenge to him as an actor.
"I thought the character was interesting in that he was so very eccentric," and this quirky character appealed to him.
'Confess, Fletch' will release on November 18th for Irish and UK audiences.