"I picked up the phone, called him and asked if he would play a member of the House of Lords deriding the Constitution. He said, 'Yes, dear boy.' So I wrote it, sent it to him and flew over to London. I got to the studio Monday morning and there is John Gielgud already dressed and lit. I said 'action' and he did it perfectly. I asked him to do it again and he did it perfectly. I changed the camera angle and he did it perfectly. I went up to him and said could you play it — I don't remember the actual direction I gave him — and he patted my knee and said 'How amusing, dear boy.' Then he did it perfectly. We were done by 11 a.m."
Dreyfuss admitted that he made a mistake using the word "retire" when he stepped away from film and TV work. "Frankly, I don't know how else to make a living," Dreyfuss said. "The only way I could make any money was to come back."
Because he was out of the limelight, when he came back to work the roles weren't as substantial. He's done some movies — playing Dick Cheney in Oliver Stone's 2008 "W" — guest shots on "Weeds," "Parenthood" and A&E's 2012 miniseries, "Coma." And he's worked in a few more films since "Paranoia."