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Meet the Woman Behind That Evil Hobo in ‘Mulholland Drive’

Meet the Woman Behind That Evil Hobo in 'Mulholland Drive'

Mulholland Driverevisitations abound this Halloween week, as bloggers want to reclaim the film’s status as a truly great 21st century horror movie. But the standout of the pack is a Vulture interview with actress Bonnie Aarons, a.k.a the scary bum behind Winkie’s Diner in the film’s hallucinatory early scenes. (A plum role, if you ask me.)

This nifty Q&A takes a hilarious turn. Aarons reveals that the soul-snatching look she gives actor Patrick Fischler, whose character is being dictated by a dream he had, was actually just her batting come-hither sex eyes at David Lynch. Who she says is “really hot.” (Watch the scene below.)

From VultureDid David instruct you to do different expressions on different takes?
Oh, no. He had an idea of what he wanted. David was going over the facial expressions. I did a couple, and he’s sitting there with me, and he says, “No. Nothing like that at all.” And, ya know, David Lynch is really hot, and I’m looking at him all dreamy-eyed, and he says to me, “That’s it: the look, Bonnie!” So I get up and I do it behind the dumpster, and David says, “No, do what you did before.” And I said, “Well, it’s really easy when I do it with you, David.” So guess what? He did it with me. He stuck his head [out], and I came out and looked at him. So when I put out my head, I saw his face.

So the bum was giving sex eyes? Love can kill, can’t it, baby?

The rest of the interview dives into the Lynchian method, moviegoers’ reactions to the frightening cameo (including one outrageous story in particular) and the meaning behind the hobo’s turning-point reappearance later in the film, not to be spoiled here. Read the rest of the interview here. Thanks Vulture!

“Mulholland Drive” plays LA’s Cinefamily this Saturday, November 1 at midnight. Now’s your chance to see the film in 35mm!

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