Stuart and I had lunch, because he just wanted to meet me. He worked for Mel Brooks and he loved Ronnie Rocket, so he tried to help me get it going. But it just wasn’t happening. So one day I called him, and I said, ‘Stuart, I’ve reached the point where I know Ronnie Rocket isn’t going to happen. If you know of some scripts that I could direct, could you help me?’ And he said, ‘I’ll get some things together and take you to lunch.’ We went to the same place: Nibblers on Wilshire. And we were sitting at this table and we got to this certain point where I said, ‘OK, Stuart, what have you got?’ And Stuart said, ‘Well, I’ve got four things. The first one is called The Elephant Man.’ And a thing went off in my head. And I said, ‘That’s it!” Without knowing what it meant? Only the title. I knew nothing, and yet, I knew everything. In that one instant.
— David Lynch, Lynch on Lynch
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