This is a terribly dorky question, but do you ever consider him to be your muse, similar to Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino?
You know, I imagine all this when I’m writing, I imagine what it looks like what the car sounds like, what the clothes look like, I imagine what my character sound like, it’s very easy for me to close my eyes and imagine Mike Shannon say these lines, because I know him so well.
How did you choose Adam Driver [who plays a slightly awkward NSA officer in the film]?
Adam, to be honest, came out of a suggestion from the studio. I hadn’t watched Girls, and I wasn’t familiar with his work, but I got in the phone with him, he was really sweet and he’d seen my films -- he’d even seen Shotgun Stories, and not a lot of people have seen that movie... sometimes you just have a feeling about people. I didn’t really know what he was gonna do with the character, out of all the characters it could’ve been the most cliche, and I talked with him about that, I said I really needed this person to be a real person. There’s this one the part of Adam, this very conscious fumbling he does... in the scene I worked with him on, he bumped into this chair and he dropped his book bag, and I yelled “cut” and I was like “ahh this is what he’s doing” and it’s extraordinarily energetic, none of it’s crazy, but I was quite impressed. He’s a very smart actor.