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Kiefer Sutherland Grateful For His Role In Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Might’ve Made FBI Agent Sam Stanley Quirkier In Hindsight

“I think David Lynch is a very cool guy Harry Dean… I mean, he’s an icon.” —Kiefer Sutherland opens up on working on Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.
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Sam Stanley, Chet Desmond (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me)

Rarely has Kiefer Sutherland spoken publicly about his part in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, but The A.V. Club‘s Random Roles feature recently presented him —on the spot— with several notable characters from his decade-spanning career. Lo and behold, they managed to get the actor to open up on working with David LynchHarry Dean Stanton and his role as FBI Agent Sam Stanley.

Kiefer Sutherland on David Lynch

I think David Lynch is a very cool guy… and it was kind of a transitional time for me. [Pauses.] It was an odd time for me, working-wise and personally. I had kind of gone through a lot that year. I remember being really grateful that David Lynch had actually even thought of casting me in it, because I was a huge fan of his.

FBI Agents Sam Stanley & Chester Demond

Kiefer Sutherland on FBI Agent Sam Stanley

Despite all the hype, Kiefer Sutherland wasn’t too familiar with the TV show at the time of filming. If he were, the actor says we might’ve seen an even more eccentric Sam Stanley.

You know, I think had I known the show a little better and known how quirky it was—even though I think my character was quite quirky—I might’ve gone a little farther with it.

Carl Rodd (Harry Dean Stanton), Sam Stanley (Kiefer Sutherland) and Chet Desmond (Chris Isaak)

“I think had I known Twin Peaks a little better, I might've gone a little farther with Sam Stanley.” -Kiefer Sutherland Click to Tweet

Kiefer Sutherland on Harry Dean Stanton

And nothing but praise for Harry Dean Stanton, who steals their shared scene with his portrayal of trailer park manager Carl Rodd.

I’ve worked with Harry Dean a few times. Harry Dean always makes me laugh. I mean, he’s a journeyman actor. He’s always reminding me of Dennis Hopper, in kind of that loose yet quick-witted way. Harry Dean… I mean, he’s an icon. And I was smart enough to know that when I worked with him. [Laughs.]

Whether Kiefer Sutherland will appear in the new series remains unknown, but months ago, he tweeted he was involved in two secret projects. It also happens he deleted that tweet. We’ll find out in 2017!

We sure do need a good wake-me-up, don’t we, Agent Desmond? We sure do need a good wake-me-up, don’t we, Agent Desmond?

The A.V. Club discusses more of his past roles, including 24’s Jack Bauer, here.

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What's your response to this?


  1. chet says:

    Yeah, we do, Sam

  2. Angel Alva says:

    where is Agent Desmond?!

  3. Sharon Stratis says:

    I think Keifer played it right. He was an “outsider”, a young agent, still a bit unsure of himself. There have to be “straight” guys to counter-balance the wacky characters–such as Dr. Hayward and Norma Jennings. I love that Keifer was in FWWM!

  4. Jonas Bengtsson says:

    I agree w Sharon, the straight faced people are those that make the wierdness glisten.
    Kiefer did this brilliantly.

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