LOS ANGELES • David Lynch (above) accused United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday of "causing suffering and division" as the film-maker clarified what looked like a glowing endorsement days earlier.
Lynch shocked liberal Hollywood when he told The Guardian newspaper in an interview published last Saturday that Mr Trump could go down as one of the greatest presidents in US history.
Lynch now claims he was taken out of context when his comments were picked up by other outlets.
Posting on Facebook, he wrote: "Unfortunately, if you continue as you have been, you will not have a chance to go down in history as a great president.
"This would be very sad it seems for you - and for the country. You are causing suffering and division."
Lynch told The Guardian that Mr Trump could "could go down as one of the greatest presidents in history" because he had delivered a badly needed shake-up of Washington politics.
The 72-year-old director of Mulholland Drive (2001) and Wild At Heart (1990), who is regarded as one of the greatest American film-makers of his generation, said he was undecided on whether Mr Trump was doing a good job.
But he thought that the Republican tycoon had opened up a space for other outsiders.