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Paul Thomas Anderson is undoubtedly one of the greatest directors of the modern era. Having made films like Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Punch-Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood and The Master, PTA has become an icon with his own distinct style of filmmaking, especially his narrative style and the visual aesthetic. His most recent film is Inherent Vice, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin. (Read: #Oscars 2015 date and time: All you need to know about the 87th Academy Awards) Also Read - Avengers Thanos aka Josh Brolin Shares Throwback Holi Picture Drenched In Colours Along With Gregory David Roberts
The film is based on the classic American novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon, most of whose novels have been considered unadaptable. PTA made a film that kept true to the theme of the novel, and is of course the best film version of the book. We bring you 5 facts about the film that you probably did not know. Also Read - Avengers Thanos aka Josh Brolin Takes up The 10 Year Challenge, Gives it a Hilarious The Rock Spin
1. The film was originally slated to star Robert Downey Jr. in the lead role.But Joaquin Phoenix ended up taking the role due to Paul Thomas Anderson deciding he wanted to work with Joaquin again. Also, Downey reported that Anderson thought he was “too old” for the role.
2. The color scheme and the overall look of the movie is inspired by a few reels of improperly stored film that Paul Thomas Anderson had kept in his garage for nearly 15 years. In fact, PTA actually shot some portions of the Inherent Vice on the film.
3. Actor Josh Brolin, in an interview to the New York Times, claimed that novelist Thomas Pynchon made a cameo appearance in the film. Although nobody has been able to spot Pynchon, but if this claim is true, it would be the first public appearance of the notoriously reclusive author Thomas Pynchon in 6 decades, and would also be the first time Pynchon has been willingly publicly photographed since the late 1950’s.
4. A flashback set in the 1960’s is featured in the film, and with this, Paul Thomas Anderson has depicted every single decade of the 20th century except for the 1930’s- There Will Be Blood covers the 1890’s-1920’s, The Master covers the 1940’s and 1950’s, Inherent Vice the 1960’s and 1970’s, Boogie Nights the 1970’s and 1980’s, and Hard Eight & Magnolia each depict the 1990’s).
5. Paul Thomas Anderson had previously attempted to adapt the novels Vineland and Mason & Dixon, both by Thomas Pynchon, but eventually decided that each book was simply impossible to adequately adapt into a feature film. Image credit: Facebook