Kyle MacLachlan Recalls the 'Awful' Experience of Seeing 'Showgirls' For The First Time

Actor and David Lynch muse Kyle MacLachlan sat down with GQ recently for a new instalment of their career-charting series of videos to discuss some of his best-known roles.

Oddly, the most interesting part of the video has nothing to do with the famously eccentric Lynch, but instead comes when MacLachlan is forced to confront his part in the infamous flop 'Showgirls.'

Taking an apologetic tone, MacLachlan said he viewed the film as an "opportunity, believe it or not."

He said that the role came to him at a time that he was trying to work against his "clean-cut" image, and that he was a fan of director Paul Verhoeven. He didn’t say whether or not he was a fan of 'Saved By The Bell,' but we like to think that he was.

He described the filming as pleasant, and that he had a "great time," but, when it came time to actually watch the thing, it was an entirely different experience.

"Oh, my god, this is awful," he remembers thinking, during the first screening. "You watch the first scene and you’re like, alright, not so good, but it’s got to get better."

But, as it’s notoriously bad reputation and 22% Rotten Tomatoes score can attest, it didn’t.

Notably, after seeing just how terrible the movie actually was, MacLachlan refused to do press for it. Which, he said, "didn’t make [him] any friends at the publicity department." While he did say he felt his career took a bit of a hit over the movie’s failure, he seems (mostly) okay with it years later.

"Now, of course, the movie’s got this great life […] as sort of a crowd pleaser," he said.

But, like…does it, though?

Watch the full video below.


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