Saturday, November 12, 2011

Megan Mullally Goes to Lumberton

If you’ve watched Blue Velvet, you know that the main triangular sexual tension exists among Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini and Laura Dern — the hero, the virgin and the whore, if you want to get archetypal about matters. (The secondary sexual tension happens among MacLachlan, Rosellini and Dennis Hopper, but that’s a different post.) The new Blu-ray release of Blue Velvet includes never-before-seen deleted scenes, including one that depicts another woman in Jeffrey Beaumont’s life: his college girlfriend, Louise. All traces of Louise were excised from the final cut of the film. And for good reason, since the idea of third, non-archetypal love interest steals a bit from the contrast between Rossellini’s Dorothy and Dern’s Sandy. But Louise is noteworthy for one reason: She was played by Megan Mullally. Her career subsequently veered toward comedy, and that’s for the best, I say, because she’s a gift to that genre. However, her turn in Blue Velvet, which is only a comedy if you’re a terribly fucked-up person, is worth your attention.

Gaze upon Mullally by way of David Lynch, poofy hair rendering her unrecognizable but her voice nonetheless reminding you of Karen Walker:





And it goes without saying that had Lynch chosen Mullally to play Dorothy Valens, it would have been hilarious.

5 comments:

  1. That is cool Kid Icarus... I will keep a heads up for 'Velvet'...

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  2. And yet no mention of the flaming nipples? I saw this movie earlier this year and the title song's still in my head. Definitely worth watching, though.

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  3. Wait, what's this about flaming nipples?

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  4. Oh, just that one of the missing scenes from Blue Velvet involved a trick where a woman lit her nipples on fire. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/nov/03/blue-velvet-flaming-nipple-deleted-scenes). Of course, the scene has nothing to do with Megan Mullally, but I still am looking forward to seeing it on the blu-ray release.

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  5. Godaigamer: Huh. Well there you go. I hadn't heard about that one. Of course, I'm not surprised that that would have been a scene in Blue Velvet...

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