If it seems like the part fits [Meeko] like a glove, it's because I actually wrote it for him. I saw him in an independent film, another indie film called Gimme The Loot
, and that film and my film share a producer. As I got to know him, I was like, Meeko is so great. I want to work with Meeko all the time, because here's this man, this Gen X-er with tattoos all over his face and body and has clearly lived a hard life. He's been incarcerated for some time, but there's also a light there — despite all of the things that he must have done and heard and seen in his lifetime thus far. And I really liked that. He got somewhat famous playing Mouse on Euphoria
. He's playing a drug dealer in that, and that's obvious, you know what I mean? For me, it felt really interesting and impossible to see what else he could do. And it's like, what if he's a devoted husband and father and works in a Christian bookstore, but has that face? And has those tattoos? Like, what will happen? And it turns out, great stuff [happens], good comedy.