Interviewer: Do the external forces acting on your work—release dates, studios—frustrate you?
David Lynch: (pauses to order and drink third cup of coffee) See, there’s the doughnut and there’s the hole. The doughnut is the film. The hole is all the things you’re talking about, so they say, “Keep your eye on the doughnut, not the hole.” And the doughnut is so much better than the hole, so it’s not that hard to do. There’s never any outside force that keeps you from making the film the way it wants to be. If there is, you should stop. You always think you’re gonna get it into Cannes, but if [it’s] at the expense of the film, then you’ll hurt the film and kill yourself.