"When you do a certain kind of film and it’s successful, people psychologically want you to do that [again]. And when you stray from that, you’re fighting a losing battle. But your alternative is to do the same kind of film, so I resisted that, and because I resisted that, I had any number of films that were either critical or, more likely, box-office failures. People were annoyed. I did the film in good faith. They thought it wasn’t. I was trying to make a serious film, and either you think it came off or you don’t think it came off. I can understand their point of view. I was always a great fan of Bob Hope’s, and when I see a Bob Hope movie, I want to see Bob Hope do that thing that I adore. If I suddenly saw Bob Hope doing a serious role, I would get annoyed, just like people got annoyed with me. I understand that completely."
“I had heard he doesn’t like to talk much and it can be difficult to know what he wants. He was shy at first but after that he was charming to work with. He’s very entertaining. It’s true he doesn’t yell or say when he’s happy with a scene, he just moves on. Usually between scenes you go back to your trailer to catch up on email or make a call but not on this movie. I didn’t want to miss a single Woody moment.”