Remember that 217-person cast list for Showtime’s sequel to David Lynch’s Twin Peaks? Apparently, it was close to being a 218-person list. Well, okay, 217 people and one magical, alien sex creature made of stardust named David Bowie.
David Goaz, who played the bumbling deputy/gun-wielding badass Andy Brennan in the original series, revealed in an interview with The Dallas Morning News that Bowie was scheduled to make a cameo in the Showtime reboot before the musician’s death in January. Bowie, as you may know from your darkest recurring nightmares, made a brief appearance in 1992’s Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.
In both classic David Lynch and Bowie fashion, it’s an appearance as mesmerizing as it is vaguely uncomfortable. In pretty much only classic David Lynch fashion, it’s mostly flashing lights and nonsensical yelling.
But still, sad news. For all his musical talent Bowie was a surprisingly effective cameo actor (Fire Walk With Me, Zoolander) and occasionally found a role so fitting it turned into just another show of brilliance for the artist (The Man Who Fell to Earth, Labyrinth). With Bowie’s passing negating a return trip to Twin Peaks, this officially becomes the most tragic “what could have been” story out of this series, overtaking the fact Billy Zane is NOT reprising his role of “wait Billy Zane was on Twin Peaks?“