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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- This is the 25th anniversary of Blue Velvet. The David Lynch cult classic was shot here in Wilmington, and the city is almost like part of the cast.

Steve Fox is a documentary producer, “I think Wilmington is Blue Velvet in that we are the canvas on which every scene of the movie is painted and when you watch blue velvet you see Wilmington, if you know Wilmington it is indelibly stamped in this film.”

Steve is working on a documentary about the making of Blue Velvet in Wilmington.

Fred Pickler is a Wilmington resident who is well known for the character Yellow Man from the film but he didn't try out for the part, he just went in to sell props. “They offered Charles Durning the thing and we were physically a lot alike in those days and they liked some of the stories I told as I was doing prop presentations and that is probably what sold the deal.”

Fred has not pursued acting since his premier as Yellow Man but says he is still recognized around the world for the part.

Lew Musser gives film tours here in Wilmington and he says Blue Velvet is a huge draw for film fans even today, the reasons are our town and the movies cast. “Dennis Hopper’s riveting performance as Frank Booth, he makes Hannibal Lector look like a nice guy in the movie.

Through out the movie local locations work with the actors. Some locations haven't changed much in the past 25 years.

In addition to the documentary, there is a musical in the works based on Blue Velvet, yes a musical, along the lines of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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