I did play a dentist in Waiting for Guffman. I wrote the speech at the conference. In the original script, when it got to that scene, it was, ‘Thank you very much. Good night.’ Literally. I just thought, ‘He keeps talking about this speech. The keynote address is the big thing in his life and this is too important to say, “Thank you. Good night.” I think we have to see and hear him doing what he does.’ So I got together with my dentist and we worked through a few things.
- I took care of myself. Basically I’m a vegetarian, I run every day, I exercise. I kind of control my living habits. I try to get a good night’s sleep every night, I don’t stay up all night and do all that stuff.
- There is something about nature out of control that touches a primal terror. We are used to believing that we’re the masters of our domain, and that God has given us this earth to rule over. We need this illusion like a good night-light.