The only problem is that no one cares. “They say no one wants to see a movie about a monster like this and that’s the end of it,” lamented Lynch (via Sean Adair). Fortunately, “Elephant Man” was saved by a big Hollywood name – Mel Brooks.
Brooks loved the script, but had never heard of Lynch before. Before agreeing to work with him, the producer insisted on seeing Lynch’s first film, “Eraserhead”. The director was sure his style would never appeal to Brooks. “Well, nice to know you guys,” he told Sanger and Cornfeld.
To Lynch’s surprise, his hunches were all wrong. “I was standing outside the screening room when the door flew open and Mel ran towards me,” the director recalls. “He hugged me and said ‘you’re a madman, I love you! I’m in there!'” Lynch found “it’s unbelievable that Mel Brooks loves ‘Eraserhead'”, but Brooks was completely captivated. captivated by the director’s quirks. He used to describe Lynch is “just like Jimmy Stewart if Jimmy Stewart was born on Planet Venus!”
The producer seized the opportunity with Lynch, and a harmonious creative relationship was formed. Brooks helped Lynch maintain his creative freedom every step of the way. “He supports me in ways you can’t imagine – people want to change this, do this, give me all kinds of hell – would never Mel let that happen,” Lynch emphasized.
The film went on to receive eight Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Director. “It wins to zero – but it doesn’t matter,” Lynch explained. “It put me on the map, it was a great experience… it was just a fluke!”
https://www.slashfilm.com/973228/how-eraserhead-led-david-lynch-to-the-elephant-mans-script/ How Eraserhead led David Lynch to the Elephant Man script