"Ten days later I'm on a plane to Austin, and while I was on the plane, I came up with all these ideas, all this backstory and who this guy is, even though I knew it was going to be very brief, and I had this idea for an outfit and all this stuff. And I get there, and the cast of the movie had broken for lunch. 'Oh, Mr. Guest wants to see you.' 'Oh, great!' I'd literally come from the airport with my bag and went right to the set and sat down. After about five or ten minutes of sort of hovering, when he had a break -- because he was answering a lot of questions -- he said, 'Oh, great! Glad you're here!' And then I told him my ideas, and he was, like, 'Yeah, no.' [Laughs.] He just shot 'em all down. In a polite way, but he shot 'em down.
VERDICT: POOR DECISION
Decision: intentionally passing up that van ride back to the hotel while filming Waiting for Guffman
"At one point, for whatever reason, I saw an opportunity and manipulated it slightly so that I ended up missing the last passenger van back to the hotel. We were shooting about 45 minutes away, outside of Austin, so I had to ride back with Christopher Guest in a pickup truck. He had just gotten the music CD from Harry Shearer and he was listening to it, and then we just kind of started shooting the shit, and he started doing all of these characters, and he was talking about this character that eventually became his character in Best in Show. And then the other thing… Not only did I manipulate a ride back with Christopher Guest, but as he was talking, I saw that our exit was coming, and I just didn't say anything. We went past the exit, so I got to spend another 10 minutes with him before he realized, 'Oh shit, I missed the exit!' And I never said anything. [Laughs.] I was just sitting there, talking to Christopher Guest and getting my own private show."