Michael Jackson wanted to be in Men in Black II. He told me he had seen the first Men in Black in Paris and had stayed behind and sat there and wept. I had to explain to him that it was a comedy.
By definition a sequel can't be original. So you've got to figure out what worked the first time around.
I don't think Will does get upstaged because his reaction is always funnier than what is actually happening. That is also the reason Tommy is funnier than Will.
I haven't read a review of one of my films for the best part of 10 years.
I play the father in the scene when Will and Tommy go back to Tommy's old apartment. It was a big mistake. I hope not to be in the next movie I direct.
I really wanted Michael Jackson to be in the first Men in Black, but he didn't want to be considered as an alien!
I was seeing a lot of really good things about Get Shorty when it came out, and my wife pointed out that if you validate the good reviews, you also have to validate the bad reviews.
It felt scary because there was no auditioning, no rehearsing.