“My family, my friend, I’ve criss-crossed this great land of ours countless times. I hold the map of it here, in my heart, next to the joyful memories of the carefree days I spent, as a young boy, here in your beautiful town of Twin Peaks.”
— Wally “Brando” Brennan in Twin Peaks The Return: Part 4
Last year, there were many Twin Peaks moments that many of us could not stop talking about. There was Cooper announcing, “I am the FBI.” There was Matthew Lillard’s interrogation. There was Naomi Watts telling off the loan sharks and Jim Belushi talking about his dreams. There were the musical performances at the Roadhouse. There was Laura’s scream at the end of the Part 18. And of course, there was every single minute of Part 8.
And then there was the arrival of Wally Brando.
Played by Michael Cera, Wally Brando was the son of Lucy (Kimmy Robertson) and Deputy Andy (Harry Goaz). They were obviously quite proud of their son and Wally … well, Wally really loved Marlon Brando. (That probably has something do with the fact that Wally and Marlon Brando shared a birthday.) Interestingly enough, in the scene above, Micahel Cera is speaking to Robert Forster, who co-starred with Brando in 1967’s Reflections in a Golden Eye.
(Of course, by imitating Brando’s look in The Wild One, Wally Brando reminds us that Twin Peaks took place in a world where pop culture and society’s darkest secrets collided.)
How big of a splash did Wally Brando make? When Part 4 of Twin Peaks premiered, Wally Brando immediately started to trend on twitter. People were reminded that Michael Cera was capable of doing more than just playing sensitive teenagers. It was one of the first great moments of the Twin Peaks revival. As much attention as Cera received for his performance, I also think that Harry Goaz, Kimmy Robertson, and Robert Forster deserved just as much credit for making this scene work. Andy and Lucy were so proud and Sheriff Truman’s reactions were just priceless.
Today would have been Marlon Brando’s 94th birthday and I’m sure that, somewhere, Wally Brando is wearing a party hat, opening his presents from Lucy and Andy, watching Guys and Dolls, and smiling.