Here's my own version of the Welles/Jaglom restaurant-type dialogue, with Mike as a sort of Orson Welles. It's a fairly accurate account of what we actually talked about there, but Mike won't allow me to post his picture so I've had to represent him with pictures of Tex Avery's wolf. If you've ever been in a restaurant with Mike you know how apt that is. The man is never less than fully aware of what the pulchritude in the room is doing.
EDDIE: "I wish I could remember which actor said that the purpose of the acting in a scene is to make it memorable."
MIKE: "Yeah, like Eli Wallach did with Tuco in 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.' "
EDDIE: "Wow! A great example! Everything he did in that film was memorable. He went way beyond what must have been in the script."
MIKE: "That's what every actor should do. It's an actor's job to bring something to the table that only he can provide. 90% of acting is cast...Uh, Eddie, QUICK! Look at the salad bar! The girl...the girl!"
EDDIE: "Huh? That's not a girl...that's a guy."
MIKE: "No, no, no! Marone!!!! Not him! What's the matter with you? The girl behind the salad bar!"
EDDIE: "Can we get back to..."
MIKE: "Oh, yeah...sure, sure...I didn't mean to interrupt your high tone babbling with something as trivial as a drop dead gorgeous girl. Paaardon moi. So what were you jabbering about, Edward?"
MIKE: "Acting? Oh, right...okay. Well, remember what Jodi Foster said in that Esquire article...the one where they ask a famous person, 'What have you learned?' " She said she learned the most from DeNiro when they were doing the Taxi film."
EDDIE: "Really? What did he say?...er, Mike, you're not paying attention!"
MIKE; "Did you see what JUST WALKED IN? Did you SEE her? Oh, my Gaaaawd!"
EDDIE: "That's her boyfriend with her. You're gonna get a knuckle sandwich, wait and see."
MIKE: It'd be worth it, it'd be worth it!!!!
EDDIE: "...MIKE! Nearby: oyfriendbay (Pig Latin for 'boyfriend'). Ucklenay andwichsay (Pig Latin for 'knuckle sandwich') coming this way."
MIKE: "Okay, okay. Don't worry about it. Well, DeNiro took Foster out to lunch four times and every time he went over her lines with her. She didn't understand why because she already knew her lines but the fourth time she realized what was going on. He was trying to provoke her to be the character the lines were about, and not just a reader of lines.
He said it was okay to deviate from the lines if she was totally in character and remembered to bring it all back to the phrase that would justify his dialogue, which came next. Foster said she never forgot that."
EDDIE: "That's great! That must be how Woody....."
MIKE: "EDDIEEDDIEEDDIEEDDIE!!!!! Speaking of a WOODY, check out that girl behind the counter! The one with the black hair. OOH, MY GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWDDDD!!!!!!!!..........."