Even though I’d spent the five years since moving to New York designing costumes for Off-Broadway plays and had just been hired by Saturday Night Live, I was nervous, because I was in awe of his talent. I’d seen him in Boogie Nights and Happiness, and he blew me out of the water with his willingness to make himself so vulnerable and to play fucked-up characters with such honesty and heart.
There is way too much tragedy bound up in genius. My theory about this is that a genius has no off switch. They are always on another level, and this is not sustainable. I suspect drugs approximate an off switch and that is why so many artists struggle with addiction.