I’ll take credit for initiating our friendship, because I wrote him a letter after I saw Rushmore. It was full of appreciation for that film. Not long after that he saw me in a play in New York and wrote me a very beautiful letter about it. And it sort of initiated a correspondence that we’ve kept up over the years - without even actually seeing each other that much. It was one of those things, you hope and you wait and then something comes together.
When he did give me a ring and say, "I’ve written something that I’d love you to look at a role in", I just said, "I’m in!" He said, "Well, read it, it’s odd". I said, "I don’t care, let’s do it".