EW Staff
April 17, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

EW: When you learned that you were to be the star of Whatever Works, were you thrilled or terrified?
LARRY DAVID: A little bit of both, with an emphasis on the latter. I’m not a person who embraces challenges. I run from challenges. I break world records running from challenges.

EW: What were your concerns?
LD: My concerns? [Laughs] That I’d be an abysmal failure. But everything that’s come out of my mouth in my life has been Larry David, so here was a chance to let someone else speak through me. And not just someone, but Woody Allen.

EW: Were you tempted to channel aspects of Woody’s persona into your character?
LD: No, I didn’t do any of Woody at all. As he would say, ”That would be death.”

EW: Woody’s previous muses have a habit of winning Oscars. Do you have a speech ready?
LD: Yes, that’s all memorized and ready to go. I’ll use the same one that I had planned for the Emmys.

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