'I don't know that Marty [Martin Scorsese] had ever studied method acting, but Marty innately had the sense of truth. And Marty had us come for one week for rehearsal. And it was fabulous; it was an incredible experience in my life as a young artist. But, also having done some television, I was looking over my shoulder to please the director, and say exactly what he wanted, stand where he wanted me to stand and do what I was told like a good puppet - you know what I mean? And I didn't want to get fired. So I was looking over my shoulder to see how much I could express what I really believed in who I was. And Marty just pulled up the wall and gave you full stream to go down the river. And I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe it; it was like a child in a candy store. "You mean I can really express myself, I can really tell you what I think?" It was, I mean, I got almost a cry with relief because, as a young artist, I was so happy to have someone to allow these truths. He had what I call a New York energy; and a New York energy means, to my mind, a respect for talent. Everybody in Hollywood, there's no respect for talent. It's just like everybody in life doesn't respect people; everybody in the hospital doesn't respect doctors - you know what I mean? It made me feel comfortable immediately. I didn't feel any phony-baloney; I felt joy. And I remember, standing up at the end of my interview, and saying to him, "Well, what are your needs?" I remember that. And I wanted to know that what I had to bring to the picture would make him happy and I'd be happy. It's not about getting the job. In Hollywood, there're a lot of people who just wanna get the job; everybody in Hollywood seems to wanna just get the job. Well that's not really true with directors, writers and actors and even crew. Many people who're gifted want to do their best and they wanna know that they can bring their best. Of course we have to pay the rent; of course we have to pay our dues in life. But what we really want is to be of service and to be appreciated, and to be with people of like minds.' (Diane Ladd, commentary on Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore)
Funny people keep saying they miscast Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi. That role is so Orientalist anyway (there is no such Japanese name to begin with) that it would have been a greater insult to cast a Japanese actor I'd say!