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The Mystery Man

In a film career filled with disturbing images, there is one that stands out as unforgettable, a scene so surreally creepy that it begs the question: How exactly did this happen?

Robert Blake, who plays this character in David Lynch’s 1997 film “Lost Highway” supposedly came up with his look in this scene himself. How much was him and how much was Lynch is irrelevant I guess – all I know is no amount of direction is going to produce this performance – so let’s give all due credit to Blake. His facial expressions and line delivery are inexplicably mysterious and scary. You do not want to see this man anywhere – not in your dreams, certainly not in reality, not even in a movie. He just should not be, and the fact that he exists at all, even if only in the minds of David Lynch and Robert Blake, is just somehow wrong. Very wrong. And seeing him seems like something you weren’t supposed to do, and now you can’t forget him. I warned you.

So without further ado, I give you “Mystery Man.”

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