Melina Lautenschläger’s review published on Letterboxd:
Such a beautiful and emotional film. I’m reading Room to Dream at the moment and I’m trying to watch all Lynch movies alongside. Hopkins was actually disappointed of Lynch on the set and called Sanger into his dressing room once asking “Why is this guy getting to direct a movie?”
Also Lynch worked on the make up for John Merrick himself but just couldn’t do it, so they called Chris Tucker who said he could only do it with the original life cast of Merrick. So Lynch and Sanger literally just went to the Royal London Hospital Museum and Archives and Lynch simply asked “could we borrow that” and they gave it to him.