Did you research what it's like having a heart attack?
I've never had a heart attack, so that was something I had to investigate. Yeah, and then I had to do it from a comedy sense. One thing I learned from As Good As It Gets, where the central part of that story is the man's disease, is that you can't be completely real because the more disease there is, the less funny it is.
The more you graphically, in a kind of Method-acting way, present those realities, the less laughs you get. The main part of this job was to be as vital as the script was, to be as sharp as it was, to get the moments that are there because it's a wonderful script in the great classic tradition.
You know, Preston Sturges, Frank Capra, Mike Nichols, this whole line of American moviemakers. I think it's something that America does very well, those kind of movies.