The Mystery Man never blinks and has no eyebrows. Fred Madison is plagued by headaches and visions of the Mystery Man and a burning cabin in the desert.
Mystery Man: We’ve met before, haven’t we.
Fred Madison: I don’t think so. Where was it you think we met?
Mystery Man: At your house. Don’t you remember?
Fred Madison: No. No, I don’t. Are you sure?
Mystery Man: Of course. As a matter of fact, I’m there right now.
Fred Madison: What do you mean? You’re where right now?
Mystery Man: At your house.
Fred Madison: That’s fucking crazy, man.
Mystery Man: Call me. Dial your number. Go ahead.
Mr. Eddy: I’m really glad to know you’re doin okay. You’re ‘sure’ you’re okay? Everything alright?
Pete Dayton: Yeah?
Mr. Eddy: I’m really glad to know you’re doin good, Pete. Hey, I want you to talk to a friend of mine.
Mystery Man: We’ve met before, haven’t we?
Pete Dayton: I don’t think so. Where is it you think we’ve met?
Mystery Man: At your house. Don’t you remember?
Pete Dayton: No. No, I don’t.
Mystery Man: In the East, the Far East, when a person is sentenced to death, they’re sent to a place where they can’t escape, never knowing when an executioner may step up behind them, and fire a bullet into the back of their head.
Pete Dayton: What’s going on?
Mystery Man: It’s been a pleasure talking to you.
Mr. Eddy: Do you know how much space is needed to stop a car traveling at 35 miles per hour? Six car lengths! Six fuckin’ car lengths! That’s a hundred and six fuckin’ feet, mister!
Mystery Man from David Lynch’s Lost Highway
Lost Highway is a 1997 neo-noir film directed by David Lynch and co-written by Lynch and Barry Gifford.
It stars Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, and Robert Blake.
Most critics initially dismissed the film as incoherent, but it has since garnered a cult following and critical acclaim.
Plot: Fred Madison, a Los Angeles saxophonist, receives a message on the intercom of his house: “Dick Laurent is dead.” The next morning, his wife Renee finds a VHS tape on their porch containing a video of their house, shots of them asleep in their bed. Fred and Renee call the police but the detectives offer no assistance. They attend a party being thrown by her friend Andy. The Mystery Man, Fred dreamed about approaches, claiming to have met him before. The man then says he is at Fred’s house at that very moment and answers the house phone when Fred calls him. Fred learns from Andy that the man is a friend of Dick Laurent’s. Terrified, Fred leaves the party with Renee. The next morning, another tape arrives and Fred watches it alone. To his horror, it shows him hovering over Renee’s dismembered body. He is sentenced to death for her murder. While on death row, Fred is plagued by headaches and visions of The Mystery Man and a burning cabin in the desert. During a cell check, the prison guard finds that the man in Fred’s cell is now Pete Dayton, a young auto mechanic. Mr. Eddy returns to the garage with his mistress, Alice Wakefield, and his Cadillac for Pete to repair. Later, Alice returns to the garage alone and invites Pete out for dinner. Pete gets a phone call from Mr. Eddy and The Mystery Man, which frightens Pete so much that he decides to go along with Alice’s plan. Pete and Alice arrive at an empty cabin in the desert and start having sex outside on the sand, which ends with Alice getting up and disappearing into the cabin. Pete transforms back into Fred. Upon searching the cabin, he meets The Mystery Man, who begins filming and chasing Fred with a video camera. Fred escapes and drives to the Lost Highway Hotel, where he finds Mr. Eddy and Renee having sex. After Renee leaves, Fred kidnaps Mr. Eddy and slits his throat. The Mystery Man shoots Mr. Eddy dead and then whispers something to Fred before he disappears. Fred drives to his old house, buzzes the intercom and says: “Dick Laurent is dead.” When the two detectives drive up to the house, Fred runs back to his car and drives off, with the detectives in pursuit. Fred suddenly begins convulsing and screaming as his car speeds down the darkened highway.
Fred Madison: Where’s Alice?
Mystery Man: Alice who? Her name is Renee. If she’s told you her name is Alice, she’s lying.
Mystery Man: And your name? What the fuck is your name?
Robert Blake Is The Mystery Man
Robert Blake (Born 1933 in Nutley, New Jersey) first appeared in movies as an actor in 1939 at the age of five. His last appearance in televison or film was Lost Highway in 1997. Blake is known by different roles and for his unique personality and run-ins with the law, IRS, dead wives, X-wives, Hollywood and everything else that makes its way towards him.
During the production of one of his earliest films, one of the child actors froze in front of the camera. The director called for someone to replace the young actor, and Blake jumped up and yelled, “I’ll do it.” When asked who he was, Blake replied, “I’m Mickey Gubitosi, and I can do anything!” Blake went on to act in 162 movie and television productions.
Blake explains preparing for the role of the Mystery Man
“I went off with the make-up people, and I got into this whole weird, fuckin’ Kabuki-looking guy with ears (sticking out) and stuff. I was imagining in my own strange world those times I have seen things that weren’t there, when a ghostly appearance occurred. I knew it was my imagination; I wasn’t really seeing something. But I sort of knew what the Devil looked like; I knew what Fate looked like. I used to have this image of myself that would come to me sometimes. I’d go out to the desert and get involved in some strange, isolated kind of thing, and all of a sudden I would come to myself as this white, ghostly creature.”