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Dale Bartholomew Cooper is a fictional character, an eccentric Special Agent of the FBI. Cooper was the central figure of the ABC television series “Twin Peaks”, and was played by actor Kyle MacLachlan.

The series was created by legendary film director David Lynch and Mark Frost, and went on to achieve a cult status of its own.

The Man, and His Methods

David Lynch named Cooper as a reference to D. B. Cooper, the unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft on November 24, 1971. Cooper escaped by parachute, never to be seen, again.

Born on April 19, 1954, the fictional Dale Cooper is a graduate of Haverford College. After joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cooper was based at the Bureau offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was partnered there with the older Special Agent Windom Earle (actor Kenneth Welsh) – a closet psychopath whose various crimes (when they came to light) would return to haunt Cooper, in later years.

Key among these was the case of Earle’s wife, Caroline, who witnessed a federal crime, some time after Cooper joined the Bureau. Earle and Cooper were assigned to protect her; it was around this time that Cooper began an affair with Caroline. One night in Pittsburgh, Cooper let his guard down – and Caroline was murdered by her husband (who had also committed the crime witnessed by Caroline, during a psychotic break). Windom Earle was subsequently sent to a mental institution, from which he would later escape, to wreak havoc in Twin Peaks.

Cooper was devastated by the loss of the woman he would later refer to as the love of his life. He swore to never again become involved with someone who was part of a case to which he was assigned.

An introspective man, Cooper is fueled by a profound interest in the mystical, especially the mythology of Tibetan and Native American cultures. Much of his work is based on intuition and the interpretation of dreams, rather than conventional logic. While working a case, Cooper also dictates regular reports to his (never seen) assistant Diane, using a hand-held tape recorder.

“A hairless mouse with a pitchfork sang a song about caves.”

Okay, this is actually a quote from the “Twin Peaks” parody sketch when Kyle Maclachlan guest hosted Saturday Night Live in 1990. But the fact that it’s not a million miles from the kind of stuff Dale Cooper puts out during his “real” adventures gives an indication of the methods of the man.

At some point in his career, Cooper was placed under the direct authority of FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole (played in the series by David Lynch, himself). Under Cole’s mandate, Cooper was occasionally assigned the mysterious ‘Blue Rose’ cases.

The Town, and Its People

On February 24, 1989, Cooper arrives in the fictional Northwestern town of Twin Peaks, to investigate the murder of local teenager Laura Palmer (actress Sheryl Lee). Here’s a YouTube clip, of Dale’s arrival, from the series’ pilot episode:

It’s a complex case, involving the town’s eccentric characters (like The Log Lady), metaphysical entities, and other-dimensional spaces like the mysterious Black Lodge. During his extended stay, Cooper winds up helping the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Department to investigate other cases, as well.

Cooper gains an instant rapport with many of the townspeople – including Sheriff Harry S. Truman (yes, like the President; actor Michael Ontkean) and his junior officers, Deputy Tommy “Hawk” Hill and Deputy Andy Brennan. 18-year-old Audrey Horne (played by Sherilyn Fenn), the daughter of local businessman Benjamin Horne, develops a serious crush on the eccentric FBI man. Over time, a close and affectionate friendship develops, between the two.

And Cooper falls in love with the “damn fine coffee”, and cherry pie, for which the town would become famous. Check out the YouTube clip below, to get a flavor of the place:

The Laura Palmer mystery is eventually “resolved” on an ambiguous note, with Dale Cooper’s evil doppelganger on the loose in Twin Peaks (a fugitive from the Black Lodge; watch the show on DVD, it’s too complex to go into, now), and the dead girl’s spirit vowing that “I’ll see you again in 25 years.”

His Anticipated Return

Now, 25 years on, that promise is to be fulfilled. In 2016, Showtime will be bringing us a sequel to the cult series. The network says that nine new “Twin Peaks” episodes – set in the present day – are going into production soon. And Kyle MacLachlan is set to return, as Dale Cooper – as are several other characters from the original 1990s run.

Showtime’s president, David Nevins, has even persuaded David Lynch to direct all nine episodes.

Fans will no doubt be hoping that the sequel will answer the questions left hanging at the end of season two in 1991. Nevins is keeping quiet on this.

Only time will tell.

Keep watching this space.

Peace.

Trick is a short film by Shooting Incident Productions (UK and Germany), based on an original screenplay by Des Nnochiri.

The story of Trick hinges on an encounter with the beautiful but dangerous Sophia – a lady with more than a few surprises up her sleeve.

Sophia is played by actress Jade Hespin.

Actress Jade Hespin, star of the movie "Trick"

Here’s a little of Jade’s story, in her own words:

Q: Tell us about yourself:
A: My name is Jade Hespin and I am a passionate and enthusiastic 22
year old. I live in North Yorkshire and have a cute cocker spaniel
called Cleo, short for Cleopatra – not the car! My passion is acting by
portraying different characters’ personalities in a psychological way.
I like to get behind the skin of the characters. The world would be a
boring place with no creativity!

Q: How did you get into acting?
A: As soon as I was old enough to realize that the people on the TV
are only pretending, I was immediately intrigued. I also decided I
wanted to entertain when I was about 5; wrapping my towel on my head,
pretending it was hair, and that I was a princess! Since then I have
just believed, and worked hard with opportunities that have arrived.

Q: How did you get involved in the movie Trick?
A: Basically I have been doing acting classes with Jay Spencer –
developing skills – and was lucky enough to get the opportunity to get
involved.

Q: Tell us about your character:
A: Ok. My character’s name is Sophia, and she is in her early 20s. She
can be seen as a prostitute at the beginning of the film, as well as a
lost wandering girl. However the reality is that she is a strong and
streetwise killer who gets her victims by using her flirtatious side.
She will lead her victims on, but does not sleep with them. Sophia’s
character is very fun to play and I have really enjoyed it!

Actress Jade Hespin, in character, on the set of the movie "Trick"

Q: Any noteworthy events on set?
A: Just that everybody involved worked really hard. It has been great
experience working with such talented individuals – including the writer
of course!

Q: Are there any upcoming projects we should know about?
A: There are films Shooting Incident will be doing in the future, and I
would love to be involved again. But we shall see what happens.
Thank you, very much.

Q: And thank you, Jade.  For your time, and  for your dedication to this project.

Jade’s right. In the movies, a clever and resourcefull killer is always fun to watch.

But in the reel world of cinema, female serial killers are rare. They’re rarer still, in real life.

In their 1998 book, “Murder Most Rare: The Female Serial Killer”, co-authors Michael and C.L. Kelleher created several categories, to describe these individuals:

* Black widow
* Angel of death
* Sexual predator
* Revenge
* Profit or crime
* Team killer
* Question of sanity
* Unexplained
* Unsolved

Black widow. Angel of death. Team killer.

Those sound like movie titles. Some of them are, in fact.

Black Widow (1987) stars Theresa Russell as Catherine Petersen – a calculating seductress who poisons her way through several rich husbands before being discovered by Federal investigator Alex Barnes (played by Debra Winger).

Angel of Death (2009) stars Quentin Tarantino’s favorite stunt woman, Zoe Bell, as Eva – a stone-cold killer driven to the point of quitting by a crisis of conscience, and some potentially fatal errors. The film’s tag line: “People die… Get over it.” pretty much says it all.

Team Killer: The Movie hasn’t been made – yet. But Lonely Hearts (2006) clearly fits the bill.
Lonely Hearts tells the true story of Martha Beck and Raymond Martinez Fernandez – the notorious “Lonely Hearts Killers” of 1940s America.
Beck and Fernandez preyed on lovelorn widows, enticed through the Personal ads of local newspapers. “Preyed on” in this case meaning “swindled for every available penny, then brutally killed.”
In the movie, Salma Hayek plays Martha Beck, opposite Jared Leto, as her partner in crime.

Revenge is at the heart of The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, the 1992 film starring Rebecca De Mornay as Peyton Flanders – the vindictive psycho nanny from Hell.

In Poison Ivy (1992), Drew Barrymore raises a serious question of sanity as Ivy – the seductive teen who’ll do anything to acquire the perfect family.

And the zany comedy The Man With Two Brains (1983) features Kathleen Turner as the predator Dolores Benedict – a woman who sexually frustrates several rich and fragile husbands to death, before meeting Steve Martin’s Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr. She also says the immortal line: “Guess I’ll have to find me a new man, to torture.”

Torture? Maybe. But we accept it, willingly. Because of who’s doing the torturing.

We’re taken in, by what we see. The fascinating. The beautiful.

It’s what we don’t see – the deception, and the danger – that proves fatal.

And don’t we just love it?

The movie world would be a poorer place, without the deadly allure of the femme fatale.
And Trick just wouldn’t work, without Sophia.

Hmm. Deadly Allure. That’s not a bad title, actually.
Maybe I should… Sorry; distracted.

Trick.

Every trick has two aspects: the player, and the played.

In the next part of this series, we’ll be meeting up with the other star of Trick.
He plays a character named John.

Take care, till then.

Peace.