Courtesy of the Reel this excerpt from True/Slant. There is also a video clip of Edgar scenes at the link:
The best performances by a human who has been inhabited by an alien
When Vincent D’Onofrio finished the first scene he shot on Men In Black, there was nothing but silence on the set. Nobody. Said. A word. D’Onofrio assumed they hated what he did. He returned to his trailer and prepared to be fired. He really thought he was through. Soon, the producers did in fact knock on his door. “Can we have a word with you?” they said, not waiting to be invited in (I guess they sorta owned the trailer). “You just cost us a lot of money,” they said, going on to explain how they’d spent several hundred thousand dollars on a CG alien that they had just realized was utterly useless thanks to D’Onofrio’s brilliant take on farmer Ed. This was before Avatar. Back then, geeks worked for years on Comodore 64’s, in DOS, just to make Pong go pu-kuuk. For an interstellar battle, grips lit paper plates on fire and chucked them. “Rolling!” Finally, the producers in D’Onofrio’s trailer delivered the line they’d come to deliver, but it wasn’t the one D’Onofrio had expected to hear.
“What you’re doing is far more interesting,” they said. “Keep it up.” Good call, producer dudes! It’s so true. When D’Onofrio was preparing for Men in Black he’d been watching a lot of John Houston movies. He didn’t seek them out; they were just what he was watching at the time. He thought Huston’s voice might be a good basis for the Edgar, post-invasion. But the main inspiration that D’Onofrio arrived at, the perfectly simple entry point for this character, was the idea of comfort. Or rather, the lack of it. When this two-story alien donned his human disguise, he’d be, D’Onofrio assumed, kinda grumpy. Not a happy alien. Once he had that, he’s said, everything fell into place. And how. A classic.
Patrick Roy, 2006 inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame