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. Gérard 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."