No. Each time an opportunity came up, we’d talk to Michael about it. We’d always try to add new dimensions to Burt’s character, so that Michael would have new subtleties to work on. It also helped that the movies are true continuations, so that Burt’s character always changed based on what happened in earlier films. Still, truth be told, toward the end Michael was getting a little tired of Burt. He once joked (we’re paraphrasing a bit from memory), “I’m very flattered that people keeping asking to see more of Burt, but let’s not keep doing this until they stop asking.” However, the opportunity to play Burt’s grandfather in Tremors 4 was exciting to him, since Hiram was really an entirely new character. He and SS Wilson had great fun discussing how Michael would bring Hiram to life; and great fun shooting Hiram’s scenes.
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