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‘Twin Peaks’ Star on Playing the Series’ Most Mysterious Character and That ’Thrilling’ Finale

Clark Middleton reveals the secrecy behind those Charlie and Audrey scenes and how fans have reacted to his sleepy character.

Clark Middleton, "Twin Peaks"

Clark Middleton, “Twin Peaks”


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Middleton joined Twitter recently and has witnessed how engaged fans are with the show. “I read some of the things that fans would write, and they all have different opinions,” he said. “It’s fun to listen to them speculate. Yes, and people do ask me what it means or what’s really going on or who we are or what our relationship is. I don’t really have an answer to that because I think that’s me kind of doing the work for them.

“I know the thing that people love is the whole thing about [Charlie] being so sleepy,” he continued. “I get so many comments about that. ‘Are you going to leave your coat on? Are you going to take it off?’ Stuff like that. These are questions again that I can’t answer, but I get a ton. Literally every third message I get from a fan is, if not every other one, is, ‘Why are you so sleepy?’”

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Because of the strict secrecy surrounding the series, Middleton was in the position of being a fan experiencing the show for the first time when it aired. For example, he was just as surprised as anyone else when in the finale, the Arm said, “Is it the story of the little girl who lived down the lane?” That was a line Audrey uttered in one of the scenes with Charlie.

Sherilyn Fenn and Clark Middleton, "Twin Peaks"

Sherilyn Fenn and Clark Middleton, “Twin Peaks

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“I thought, ‘That’s a line [Audrey] said,’” Middleton said. “It was one thing for me to understand it as an actor because I did that so I could do my job, but now I’m trying to understand it as a fan. So hearing that last night, I thought, ‘Oh, now I want to go back and watch it and get a better understanding of it as a fan.’ I rewatched the last part of the second episode about an hour ago. I mean, there’s just so much to absorb. It’s really amazing. It’s a feast.”

Even though the finale left many storylines left dangling, including his own, Middleton has no complaints.

“I’m more than satisfied. I found it really thrilling,” he said. “My theory, my philosophy in life is I feel like whatever the story is meant to be, the story is meant to be. It will either continue or not continue. I feel like if it continues without me, that’s OK too because I’m a fan of the story.”

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That said, he’d jump at the chance to play Charlie again. “I would work with David anytime, whether it’s in another ‘Twin Peaks’ or something else,” he said. “That was a great, great experience. It’s one of the thrills of my acting career. I’m so proud of it, just to be a part of what I think is just revolutionary television.”

And Middleton does believe “Twin Peaks: The Return” was revolutionary and will change how TV is made going forward. “It doesn’t apologize for anything,” he said. “It has a tremendous reverence for the intelligence of an audience and the audience’s imagination. I think a lot of people are going to take more risks, but nobody can do what David does.”

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