This Lucky 12-Year Old Was Given A Tour Behind The Scenes Of Twin Peaks

Michael and Lara Flynn Boyle, Sheryl Lee and Lenny von Dohlen

Michael Lucid, who runs the Pretty Things Tumblr and Michael Lucid Presents YouTube channel, dug up and posted a bunch of fantastic old photos of his visit to the Twin Peaks set at the Van Nuys sound stage back when they were filming the second season episode in which Maddy Ferguson and Donna Hayward try to steal Laura Palmer‘s secret diary from Harold Smith. These photos, taken in 1990 when Michael was just a 12-year-old kid, are a wonderful blast from the past and a great way to continue the currently ongoing “25 Years Later” celebration!

Thanks for sharing these, Michael! Hat tip to @OneInchThoughts and John Kiely for pointing me there.

UPDATE (August 2014): Added a few more photos from Michael’s visit to the Twin Peaks set.

I’ll See You Again In 25 Years – My Visit To The “Twin Peaks” Set In 1989

I’ve unearthed these pics of me as a goofy 12-year-old visiting the set of “Twin Peaks” in 1990. My mom won a raffle at my LA elementary school where the prize was to visit the set – they were shooting the beginning of Season 2 at the time, and they had moved their location from the Pacific Northwest to sound stages in Burbank, CA, where they had re-created all of the iconic “Twin Peaks” locations. The most surreal thing was that often the sets were built side-by-side, so I was able to step directly from One Eyed Jacks into Benjamin Horne’s office into Laura Palmer’s living room. The locations seen here are: Harold the meals-on-wheels hermit’s house (with Donna, Maddy and Harold), me with Mike the One Armed Man, The Double R Diner, Laura Palmer’s living room, One Eyed Jacks, the sheriff department’s jail, the piano in Donna’s living room, and Benjamin Horne’s office. On the day I visited, they were shooting the scene of Harold scratching his face menacingly with the rake – it adds a bit of amusing context to know that while Harold was raking his face, this funny-lookin’ kid was watching from off-camera! – Michael Lucid

Michael with Lara Flynn Boyle (Donna), Sheryl Lee (Maddy) and Lenny von Dohlen (Harold)

Michael and Lara Flynn Boyle, Sheryl Lee and Lenny von Dohlen

Michael meets Al Strobel (Phillip Gerard, aka MIKE aka The One-Armed Man)

Michael next to the One-Armed Man

Michael behind the counter of the Double R Diner

Michael behind the counter of the Double R Diner

Michael at the Palmer residence holding Laura Palmer’s famous homecoming queen portrait.

Michael at the Palmer residence

Michael at the One Eyed Jack’s casino and brothel

Michael at One Eyed Jack's

Michael inside the Sheriff’s Dept. holding cell

Michael in the Sheriff's Dept. holding cell

Michael behind Gersten Hayward’s piano

Michael at the Hayward residence

Michael at Ben Horne’s desk inside the Great Northern Hotel

Michael at the Great Northern Hotel

Michael in the study of the Blue Pine Lodge

Michael in the study of the Blue Pine Lodge

Michael at the Roadhouse

Michael at the Roadhouse

Michael next to Benjamin Horne’s fireplace

Kid near Ben Horne's fireplace

Michael at the front entrance of the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Department

Michael Lucid at Twin Peaks Sheriff's Dept.

Michael inside the Johnson house

Michael Lucid at Blue Pine Lodge

Michael in the Great Northern Hotel lobby

Kid inside the Great Northern Hotel

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Written by Pieter Dom

Founder and curator of Welcome to Twin Peaks since 2011. Bobsessed since March 1991.


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      • My pleasure! Yes such a surreal and fun experience. And I don’t have a photo of me with James, but I remember meeting him near the craft services table that day, too. Sadly I just saw your response here for the first time tonight – just 5 years after you wrote it!! Very sorry for the delayed response – and unfortunately, these are the only photos I have from that visit to the Twin Peaks set. If there were any others, they’ve now been lost in time, or maybe in the Black Lodge… Thanks again so much for posting these!

  1. These pics are so awesome! I LOVE The Twin Peaks sets. BTW, the 2nd to last pic (mounted fish over fireplace) isn’t the Blue Pine, its the Johnson living room. 🙂

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