"Like everybody, I guess, and not because I don't like it, but just in terms of ranking, Jersey Girl
kind of falls at the end. That was the one I took the most heat for. And we had bad luck following Gigli
. That hurt us. As a filmmaker, I would love to be, 'It was them, not me,' but I think it was probably a mixture of both. But I'm always proud of the fact that -- and nobody cites this because it's not like a Hollywood math record or anything -- but [Gigli
] made six million bucks total
in its theatrical run. We opened at eight million bucks, and we followed them, and our job was to be like, 'Hey, remember that movie you f**king hated? Here's another one with both of those people you can't stand!' By virtue of that, we should have made way less money, and we actually did wind up doing close to 30 million.
[In Jersey Girl], George [Carlin] has this one wonderful moment where Ben [Affleck] is talking to him and says something about living alone, and George has this really wonderful delivery about not wanting to die alone. He loved acting, wanted to be an actor the whole time. He wound up being George Carlin, which I think is better than being an actor. I remember when we shot that sequence, right afterwards he goes, 'That was my favorite thing I've ever done.' I f**king rolled a tear watching him make that delivery, and then afterwards, I rolled an even bigger tear because I'm like, 'Aw, George!' But oddly enough, his favorite performance was in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back as the trucker who blows people. Kelly, his daughter, told me that -- that's the one he would show people all the time and be like, 'Look at how wide I open my eyes.'
That's what gets you through, when people are like, 'You f**king suck d**k at this job,' as if that's an insult -- if I sucked d**k at this job, I'd be much better at my job. You just remember the person you idolized, George Carlin, he worked with you many times, and he liked you a lot."