Originally filmed in 1999 on a budget of $7 million as a made-for-TV pilot,
new scenes were filmed one and a half year later on a $7 million budget given by the
French film studio Studio Canal to wrap up the open ending which had been
left unresolved in the original version so that a TV series could follow. »more
Mulholland Drive is an actual road that twists its way through the Hollywood Hills outside of Los Angeles. It also appeared in Lynch's film
"Lost Highway" as the road Mr Eddy takes Pete Dayton for a drive on.
River apartments in
Betty claims to be from Deep River, Ontario. This is the name of the
apartment building in Blue Velvet (1986), another David Lynch film.
The limo that transports Rita/Camilla has the license plate 2GAT123.
The same California license plate also appears in Beverly Hills Cop II (1987),
L.A. Story (1991), Traffic (2000), Pay It Forward (2000), Crazy/Beautiful
(2001) and National Security (2003). »more
Lynch cast TV soap actresses for many of the female roles. By coincidence,
Naomi Watts (Diane/Betty), Melissa George (Camilla Rhodes), and Elizabeth
Lackey (Carol) were all in the Australian series "Home and Away"
(1988). Marcus Graham (Vincent Darby) is the fourth Australian actor in this
Laura Elena Harring
is a former Miss USA and star of Aaron Spelling's ill-fated daytime soap-opera Sunset Beach.
Lynch cast Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring by scrutinizing head-shot photographs and conducting interviews.
The cast were never reading any script for their roles.
On the way to
audition for her part, Laura Harring was so excited that she caused a minor
car accident. Only then at the audition at David Lynch's house she was told to
have a car accident in the opening scene.
Naomi Watts has always regretted telling a journalist she had considered suicide before she had her big break - as she insists the comment was taken too literally. The
Mulholland Dr. star, 36, admits she was on the brink of dangerous depression during hard times as a struggling actress in Los Angeles, but was shocked when she realized the press had latched onto her comment. She previously told a reporter, "I remember driving along Mulholland Drive, thinking, 'Maybe I'll just go over the cliff because I can't take it anymore.'" However, Watts explains, "That wasn't literal. For the record, I am not a suicidal person. But I understand depression and I've lived it and I felt really badly when I read that and suddenly it's everywhere, 'Naomi Contemplating
Anderson, the dancing dwarf from Twin Peaks, has a small but odd role as
Mr. Roque, a film studio executive.
In order to make the diminutive actor appear normal-sized, Lynch outfitted him with a complete prosthetic body.
Anderson had to stand on the seat of a wooden wheelchair while he was being buttressed by foam legs, silicone
arm extensions and an outsize suit to transform him from dwarf to menacing paraplegic.
smashing the producers' car windshield in with a golf club is a reference to
Jack Nicholson who once was known to have smashed someone's windshield with
one of his golf clubs at a road rage incident in 1994. Nicholson's nickname
is "Mulholland Man" due to the fact that he starred in
"Chinatown", a movie that depicts a character based on William Mulholland,
whom the actual Mulholland Drive was named after.
The red pipe seen in the background at Pink's Hot Dogs is an homage to
the film "Mon Oncle" by
Jacques Tati's. »movie reference
The film is dedicated to
Jennifer Syme, a young actress whose story is
startlingly similar to that of the character of Betty - but who in fact died
after the bulk of the film was completed.
When Rita and Betty go to the
Sierra Bonita apartment complex, the name
next to #17 is L. J. DeRosa - a member of the art department on the film, Laura
J. DeRosa. There are other names on the board that match with actual film
crew members. »more
addition, several of the crew make
cameo appearances in the movie:
- Cori Glazer, the script supervisor, is playing the
- Charlie Croughwell, the stunt coordinator, is playing the Vacuum
- Angelo Badalamenti, the soundtrack composer, appears
as the movie exec Luigi Castigliane.
Lafayette Montgomery, who plays the
the first part, is not an actor but a film producer and good friend of David Lynch. He co-produced Lynch's "Wild at Heart" (1990) and "Twin Peaks" (1990-91).
The Cowboy at the
dinner party is played by a different, uncredited
actor. » see 'Making Of' image galery
Kate Forster, who plays the "ever-lovely" Martha Johnson in the audition scene, is the daughter of
Robert Forster, one of the detectives from the crash side.
Theroux as "The Cowboy"
Does David Lynch like to play games: In 1997
Justin Theroux (Adam) had a very small part in a movie called "Romy and Michele's High School
Reunion". In it he was a mysterious stranger, dressed all in black and wearing a cowboy outfit. In the credits he's listed as 'The Cowboy'. »pics
Naomi Watts played the character Grace Rhodes in Children of the Corn IV
Curiosities in the closing credits: Wayne Grace's character Bob Brooker is credited as
Bob Booker. Chad Everett’s character is called Woody Katz within the film, but he is listed as
According to the
credits the bum
behind the wall is played by a woman, Bonnie Aarons.
The closing credits give special thanks to Barbara Orbison
(wife of Roy Orbison) and add Babbo, Inc. as a production company.
The movie features one of the final film appearances by MGM musical legend
Ann Miller (as Coco).
Lynch said the
Ryan Board conference is somewhat based on his own life. He said everyone has been in the situation that something you've worked on hard and love is threatened and he went on about when you don't have final cut approval you are open to people telling you what to do and how it can become a nightmarish experience.
(Book: Lynch On Lynch)
Without reference in the
screenplay, the surrealistic
sequence was shot in late 1999 as a finale to the original TV-Pilot. The idea around Club Silencio is a results of a deal between Disney's Touchstone Television and David Lynch. The company contributed
$2.5 million more to the Pilot project (to a total budget of $7 million) with the proviso – which Lynch grudgingly accepted – that he shoot extra footage to be used as a "Closed ending." Disney's Buena Vista International intended to recoup the company's money by releasing the longer version as a film in Europe.
Latina singer Rebekah Del Rio plays herself at a nightclub, "lip-synching" an a cappella version of
"Llorando", Roy Orbison's song "Crying" in Spanish translation (much as Dean Stockwell lip-synchs Orbison's "In Dreams" in Lynch's earlier film Blue Velvet, except that Del Rio actually sings the song.)
The diner name
"Winkie's" is a reference to "The Wizard of Oz" wherein the Winkies were the little people living in the west who were dressed all in yellow, enslaved by the Wicked Witch of the West, and later freed by Dorothy.
»The Wizard of Oz references
Reportedly, the original Winkie's diner (1016 W. El Segundo Blvd.) featured the same brown coffee cup and plates that were used
in the movie.
The Denny's restaurant on the corner of Cower and Sunset was an inspiration for Winkie's and the restaurant used to be called 'The Copper Penny'. To Lynch the bum outside was a vibe of the weirdness he felt when being in a specific booth at this restaurant and gave him sort of a strange feeling and that others felt something too.
(Book: Lynch On Lynch)
The set of reels
that was distributed to the movie theaters included a note from David Lynch
himself giving special instructions to the projectionists. Specifically, he
didn't want the movie to be centered vertically on the screen but rather to
"allow more overhead" as the term in projectionist's slang, that
is to let the top part of the frame be more visible than the bottom part. »The
For the DVD release Lynch added digital blurring to Laura Harring's nude scene where Rita unrobes and gets into bed with the Betty character. Lynch stated in the chatroom on
dl.com: "We did that blurring for the DVD on purpose as we knew that pictures of Laura
would be everywhere if we didn't. And later he added, "First - if the shot is timed correctly you should not be able to tell one bit if Laura's pubic hair has been blurred - this probably means some viewers are experimenting to see Laura's pubic hair and more... This is why the picture was blurred - I promised Laura that I would try to protect her as much as possible and told her she would remain a beautiful silhouette against the warm light coming in through the curtains."
The DVD of the movie
(Region 1) does not feature chapters; attempting to "skip" to the next scene or chapter takes you to the
"DVD" logo animation at the very end of the movie after all the credits and ratings and so forth. Director David Lynch requested this himself, as he has done on previous releases, such as
The Straight Story. By allowing the film to be on one chapter, Lynch believes people will be more inclined to view the feature in one sitting, as intended. Robert Zemeckis also used this idea on his laserdisc release of
There's an Easter Egg on Region
3 Korean Disc: While the main menu is a sort audio segment (repeated) the
special features menu and other attached to it have a limited number of full
songs on them. All can be accessed by the 'Cast and Crew' menu (some of
the music is repeated on other screens as well). The arrows (>) indicates
selecting the next page: