When Justin Long commented on how level-headed the actor seemed on the scene, Oswalt admitted the complete opposite was true. “Two things happen in this scene. First, I was nervous as shit,” he laughed, and continued, “I had five words and I went through them a million times to the point where it didn’t even make sense anymore.” Oswalt went on to claim his famous “Seinfeld” -Scene partners finally calmed him down.”And Jason Alexander, thank goodness, saw what I was going through,” Oswalt said. “And just before they yelled ‘Action,’ he leaned over and said, ‘It’s not yet too late to get fired patton’ which made me laugh so hard.
Oswalt also spoke about how he landed the part, revealing that he auditioned directly for Seinfeld co-creators Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, and admitted that his own retail experience unknowingly played a role in his casting would have. “That’s what you do in retail when you get a crappy customer,” he said. “You’ll subconsciously look around. Like, ‘Who can I pawn this guy to?’ And then you also say your lines in the form of a question… I didn’t know I was doing that.” Per Oswalt, appearing on David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” more than two decades later, David himself attested that the subconscious “Looking ‘ helped him land the role.