From the director's DVD commentary:
"If you look at (Michael's) eyebrows and his sideburns, at the time, we had Michael for about, I think, three days . . . and he was actually in a tv show called Maddigan's Quest at the time, and he was playing an android. And because he was playing an android, he had to shave his eyebrows and his sideburns, and obviously you can't grow them back in a few hours so we kind of had him like this. I kind of think it worked very well, just gave him a much creepier edge than he would have had. . . . I was jealous that he got to play this character, he's just so horrible".
"Michael's energy that he brought to every one of his scenes . . . whenever Michael's on screen, it just lifts the pace, it's like a little shot to the film".
"It was very hard to not lose it and just piss myself laughing, the way that Michael is doing the scene. Especially when he, in the middle of the description, out of nowhere, he just pulls out this piece of licorice and just takes a bite. Takes a very strong person to not crumble. . . . You don't get much more perfect than that . . . that's what we call a flawless delivery, is what Michael's giving us right now".