That one’s simple—I wrote it for Phil [Philip Seymour Hoffman], and it is Phil.
When Phil played Scotty in Boogie Nights, that’s an actor playing a part. But Phil’s been called upon to play so many weird parts by now, I wanted to see what would happen if I just wrote Phil: the way he talks, the way he is. And I hadn’t even seen him in Happiness when I wrote the part for him, but I’m really glad, in retrospect, that I decided to write Phil’s part kind of against the roles he’s been getting recently. And the emotions Phil Parma goes to—this nurse who cries way too much—that’s just the way I could see Phil Hoffman reacting to those moments in real life.