Twin Peaks Usenet Archive

Subject: Al Strobel not really one-armed?
From: (Lane Molpus)
Date: 1990-10-10, 11:25

> > Date: Tue, 9 Oct 90 15:06:51 -0500
> > From: "Capt. Frank A. Lauro" 
> > To: Lane_Molpus@NeXT.COM
> > Subject: Re: Still Shaking (Twin Peaks)
> > 
> > Are you kidding?!?!?  You actually think that Gerard's lack of limb is real?
> > Take a good look at that scene when he's topless---I've seen better make-up
> > jobs in high school productions!  The actor obviously has one arm bent
> > behind him, and a fake "torso" molded around it.
> > ---------------------------------------------------------------------------  
> > Captain Frank A. Lauro      "There are giants out there in the canyons    
> > Commanding Officer           And a good captain can't fall asleep..."        
> > U.S.S. ALEXA NCC 1764-D             ---Billy Joel, "The Downeaster Alexa"

I may be wrong.  I may be blind.  But I watched episode #4 again last night.
Right before the first commercial break, they burst into Mr. Gerard's motel
room.  We see him, topless.  He has a right arm, and apparently no left arm.
At this point I agree that it could be faked.  He is wet, though, since he
just got out of the shower, and this might give the impression that there's
a fake plastic torso molded around him.

When we return from the commercial break, we see Gerard, seated, wearing a
T-Shirt.  We first see him from behind, then it cuts to a front view.  They
cut back and forth several times.  It's still conceivable that they faked
each of these shots (filmed the shots from behind with his arm bent around
front, them filmed the shots from in front with his arm bent around back).

However, after Andy knocks open the suitcase, MR. GERARD GETS UP, WALKS OVER

If that's a high school make-up job, then it would sure be an honor to
have attended that high school.