"Blair Witch" Cast Says Madonna, NIN Gave Them VMA Thrills And Chills

One of the more surreal moments of the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards came when veteran funnyman Buddy Hackett teamed with actors Heather Donahue, Michael Williams, and Joshua Leonard of "The Blair Witch Project" to present a moonman for Best Direction in a Video.

After presenting the statuette to Spike Jonze (in the guise of fictional Torrance Community Dance Group Director Richard Coufey), MTV News caught up with the "Blair Witch" cast, who talked about what about the VMAs gave them goosebumps (in a good way). "The show was great," Williams said.

"I loved Lauryn Hill," added Donahue, "and getting to meet Madonna in the flesh."

"Yeah, Lauryn Hill was awesome," Leonard agreed.

"And meeting Tim Robbins," Williams said.

"Nine Inch Nails was good," Leonard chimed.

"Ricky Martin, man, that was something else," Williams said of the Latin singer's medley of "She's All I Ever Had" and "Livin' La Vida Loca" for the show. "Everybody was shaking."

The actors also responded favorably when asked about the promotional spots to the 1999 VMAs, which featured Chris Rock, Janeane Garofalo, and Method Man in lampoonish versions of scenes from the breakthrough thriller.

"[The ads made me feel] like the happiest woman alive," Donahue answered, with tongue slightly in cheek. "It was the most flattering thing ever. It was fantastic." "As Josh [has] said before," Williams began, "when people you respect are ripping on you, it's the best thing in the world."

All three actors are at work on several different films and said they hadn't been notified whether they would in fact be reunited for a possible sequel to "The Blair Witch Project."

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