David Lynch and Isabella Rossellini by Helmut Newton
Last week I saw a showing of Blue Velvet which was preceded by a discussion period with Isabella Rossellini herself (as well as a few of her Green Pornos). She was amazing, and told the most intriguing stories about David Lynch and the creative process of the movie.
Interestingly, she mentioned that his first choice for the role had actually been Helen Mirren, a choice that could have given such a different feeling to the movie. I can't imagine Dorothy Vallens as a blonde, but then again, he did cast Dennis Hopper fresh out of rehab as Frank Booth and made what is possibly the scariest movie villain of all times. So he obviously knows what he's doing.