They were fragile. Once I humped them, they came apart [laughs]. [watch behind the scenes footage]
You also play the males quite often—for instance, you play a small male spider that sneaks up to mate with a large female to avoid getting eaten.
Obviously, there are lots of species of spiders, and I had to generalize there—spiders have the most incredible sexual rituals. [watch spider video clip] If I do another series [of films], I might have to add more spiders—they do things that are very funny. But with the generalized spider, we made the female very big—the huge cutout just looked funnier—and it was easier for me to play the male.
You also played a male drone bee that lost its genitals in the female after sex.
In a lot of species, males do that and die. In a lot of species, males don't do anything else but sex. Some males don't even have mouths—they just live to mate, and that's it.
So why focus on insects as opposed to the rest of the animal kingdom?
It was easier to stay away from mammals for the moment, because maybe mammals would look too pornographic. With the bugs, they're so strange and far out, they're comical. If a human being behaved like a bug, he or she would be arrested.
Also, when I was little or a teenager, I always regretted that I lived in an urban environment, and I always said I should have been born in Africa or been like Jane Goodall. That was my dream. And then when I moved to live in the country—now I live in Long Island—I discovered all these bugs in my backyard, I discovered you can do your own safari. Animals are everywhere. Some are more romantic, like tigers and elephants and chimpanzees, and some are less romantic, like earthworms, but they are just as interesting.