Picks and Pans Review: Sounds Off

updated 05/19/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/19/2003 01:00AM

MATT DILLON

Matt Dillon, 39, makes his directorial debut and stars as an insurance scammer in City of Ghosts, the first western film shot in Cambodia since 1964.

ON CALLING THE SHOTS: "There were a few wars on the production. I'm a bit of a maniac on the set. Not in a bad way, but I can say this: It was not easy. I'm very passionate, and I'm a greedy filmmaker. And sometimes in that kind of heat you start to forget your perspective."

ON THE CAMBODIAN CUSTOM OF EATING INSECTS: "I'd just stay away. With some you've got to take the wings off. Others taste better with them on. I wouldn't know which are which. [Costar James] Caan and I pretty much stuck to pizza. GĂ©rard Depardieu, he just stuck to the Imodium."

ON HIS RETURN HOME TO NEW YORK CITY: "I'm happy to say I didn't bring back malaria. But I did bring back memories of a great experience and the ricksha driven in the film. It's pretty big. I'll have to wait until I get my own kingdom to bring it out."

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