"When 9/11 happened I knew the film wouldn't come out for awhile. But our
movie was always about couples, not about terrorism: I knew we'd come out
"(Barry and I) have the same sensibilities, comedy-wise. That's sometimes
the way I relate to people when I first meet them, and from minute one, we got
along. He's really very good at taking these separate people whose lives
crisscross at one point and have it all make sense and be very funny. He weaves
the plot together very well."
"(Barry told me) 'You'll get to have big breasts and wear pedal pushers.'
That's how he got me to do the movie. The blonde hair was my idea. But I knew
Barry would put his magic on it. He knows how to rein us all in, and then give
us space, and that's not easy to do."
on his nude scene:
"It was my first nude scene. The only thing I can really equate it to
would be preparing to do a fire walk. I'd say to myself, 'Okay, I'm going to
run through the airport naked with all these people watching; it's going to
feel unnatural, but I've got to do it because it's my job, I'm committed.' I
did the take 10 to 15 times. It was quite an experience."
"The hardest thing about the film, which I thought would be the easiest,
was having an ensemble cast. I thought if no one actually thought that they
were the lead, no one could be a prima donna. And it turns out because nobody
thought they were the lead, everyone needed more attention because they
didn't even have the joy of being the lead!"
"If you get the right group of people, you establish this wonderful trust
with each other, and particularly in a comedy, you can go quite far and still
be sort of safe. I think it's also enormously satisfying for the
"Barry's big note to us when we were acting was, 'That was great, but do
it faster.' This movie is frantic and Barry kept that level going through the
whole film, because to have a movie like this uneven in spots would throw the
whole thing off."
"I believe in actors talking really fast, because if they talk fast enough
it doesn't give them any time to act. The truth is, except for Get
Shorty, I've not directed a movie longer than 90 minutes. If you look at
any screwball comedy, no one is listening to anyone talk, they're stepping on
each other's lines. I just hate the pace of most movies. Comedies are deadly
"In Big Trouble I play a dimwitted vagrant. In Men in Black
2, I play a two-headed alien dimwitted vagrant!"
"I've always felt that the best way to do a comedy is without comedians. I
wanted the movie to be populated mainly by people that you would not
necessarily equate with a comedy but are just really good actors."