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Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Twin Peaks

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In the early 90s, David Lynch and Mark Frost brought the eerie, offbeat world of "Twin Peaks" to ABC, in what would come to be known as one of the creepiest TV shows of all time. But what went on behind the scenes of "Twin Peaks," and what are the coolest trivia facts you might not know about the cult classic series? Starring Sherilyn Fenn, Kyle MacLachlan, Lara Flynn Boyle, and Ray Wise, the series is a fan favorite to this day, and this list features fun facts about "Twin Peaks" that you might not have known.

Who was Sheriff Truman really named after? What was the deal with the voices in the Black Lodge? What was the deal with the Black Lodge in general?! From dancing little people, cross-dressing David Duchovny, and the question that dominated water cooler conversation ("Who killed Laura Palmer?"), there are plenty of things that might surprise you about "Twin Peaks."

Read through the list below, reminisce about your favorite supernatural TV series, and learn lots of fun "Twin Peaks" trivia, like something crazy about Hank's prison number or what the Great Northern is like today. Vote up the most interesting "Twin Peaks" facts, then go get yourself a damn good cup of coffee.
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    Twin Peaks Was Influenced By Marilyn Monroe.

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    Many elements of Marilyn Monroe's life can be found in "Twin Peaks," as Lynch and Frost were working on a screen adaption of Monroe's biography, Goddess, before focusing on "Twin Peaks" after they couldn't get the rights.

    Most notably, Laura was killed just before going through with plans to go public with information about the famous and powerful man with whom she was having an affair.

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    The Infamous Laura Palmer Homecoming Photo Was Not Real, Despite The Rumors

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    While there was a longstanding rumor that the homecoming photo of Laura Palmer used in Twin Peaks was an actual high school photo of actress Sheryl Lee, in reality, photographer Kimberly Wright staged the portrait especially for the show.

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    Actors Had To Speak Their Dialogue Backwards For Black Lodge Scenes

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    To get the vocal effects for the Black Lodge sequences, the actors learned their lines backwards, then the recording itself was played backwards, so the lines came out in the right order, but sounded super spooky.

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    The Actor Who Played Bob Wasn't Actually An Actor

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    Frank Silva, the man who played Bob, was not an actor, but rather a set dresser for several David Lynch projects, including Twin Peaks. Moreover, his appearance in the series happened by pure accident. As Silva worked on the set, Lynch caught a glimpse of him crouching on the floor, looking through the bars on Laura Palmer's bed. The director loved the image and decided to film it, not initially knowing how (or even if) it would fit into the show. But as Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost began expanding the mythology of Twin Peaks, Silva's image - and the character Bob, developed from said image - became an integral part of the series. 

    Silva passed away in 1995, but Lynch and Frost digitally altered stock footage of Silva in Twin Peaks and the feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me for use in the 2017 Showtime revival series. 

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