On the eve of the franchise’s latest entry — Men in Black: International — I finally had a good enough excuse to reach out to both D’Onofrio and Men in Black’s director, Barry Sonnenfeld, to get the story behind the scene. I wanted to know: How did they cast D’Onofrio, who at the time had yet to appear in either The Cell or Law & Order: Criminal Intent? How did they make Edgar’s face, and his entire being, so perfectly disgusting? Who came up with his walk and that voice? And, most important, do they believe in aliens, as our friends at the Times do? The actor and director graciously agreed to speak, so here is an abridged oral history of “sugar water.”

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