When it came to playing in Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans, David Lynch was a little hesitant. But as soon as he started playing John Ford, all he wanted was a handful of Cheetos. His criteria for being in the movie, which is based largely on Spielberg’s life, was, “Well, Cheetos, number one, I love them,” he revealed to Empire magazine. “And any chance I can, I get them. But I know that they’re not exactly health food. So when I do leave the house and I get a chance to… But I don’t get them that often, honestly.”
He added, “If I do get them, I want a big bag. Because once you start… you need to have a lot before you could slow down and actually stop. Otherwise, with a small bag, then you’d be prowling for days to find more […] It’s incredible flavour.” The acclaimed creator of movies including Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, and Dune revealed that he was first hesitant to play the other great director, John Ford, in Spielberg’s film.
Lynch admitted, “At first I didn’t want to do it, and the reason is, when it comes to acting, I’ve purposely tried to stay away from it, giving the likes of Harrison Ford and George Clooney a chance at their careers.” Lynch “really liked the scene,” which takes place in the final five minutes of the movie, so he decided to play The Fabelmans. When rookie Spielberg meets Ford, the latter offers him cinematic guidance.
“John Ford probably had a bunch of things he could call on to give a short education to that young lad. But he picked the horizon bit,” Lynch continued. “But it’s true. A horizon in the middle is boring as shit.” Lynch has appeared in several projects that he has directed, including Lost Highway, Inland Empire, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, The Elephant Man, and Dune. The director has also provided voice acting for animated series such as Robot Chicken and Family Guy.