Back to IndieWire

Josh Brolin Says ‘Inherent Vice’ Goes “In A Direction That The Book Doesn’t Necessarily Go”

Josh Brolin Says 'Inherent Vice' Goes "In A Direction That The Book Doesn't Necessarily Go"

What do we know so far about “Inherent Vice“? Frankly, not a helluva lot outside of the fantastic ensemble cast and the return of Johnny Greenwood to the composer’s podium. Even with a release date set for later this year, “Inherent Vice” was curiously absent in Warner Bros. presentation this week at CinemaCon (though we really don’t see Paul Thomas Anderson being convinced by anybody to splice sizzle footage from his movie for an industry conference). But there has been one person talking loudly about the project: Josh Brolin. Last fall, the actor caught our attention by calling the shoot “great” and “absolute fucking chaos,” and he’s now offered up a few more tantalizing observations about the production on what kind of movie PTA may be delivering.

Chatting recently with Ireland’s Independent, Brolin once again made it sound like the shooting of the movie was unlike anything he’s experienced. “I just did a movie for P.T. Anderson that I didn’t understand,” he said. “The writing of Thomas Pynchon is so Shakespearean. It was crazy, chaotic but really, really gratifying.”

So far, the biggest question around the movie was how Thomas Pynchon’s tale about an inept, pot-smoking private detective who investigates the case of a kidnapped girl, who also happens to be one of his ex-girlfriends, would be adapted. Would it be a straight page-to-screen rendering? Or would PTA, like he did with Upton Sinclair‘s “Oil!” for “There Will Be Blood,” merely use the foundation as a springboard? It appears to be the latter, with Brolin saying: “We took it I think in a direction that the book doesn’t necessarily go, hoping it will work.” 

Of course, this just makes us even more curious and excited about whatever PTA has cooking, and we’re hoping it works, too. “Inherent Vice” arrives on December 12th.

This Article is related to: News and tagged ,



This movie is sounding brilliant, in my opinion. Paul Thomas Anderson is the only director who could pull off a project this daring and unorthodox.

Glad to hear the film strays from the novel and is telling its own story. Too many adaptations lack imagination and passion, sticking only to the strict plot of the source material. I say let the book be the book and let the film be the film.


The book itself is so chaotic and disconnected that I worried a little when I heard that PTA was adapting it. As for the cast, I believe that Charlize Theron was originally signed for it, then dropped out; wonder why?


Fantastic ensemble cast? No. The movie is SO miscast that it actually scares me a little. The more I learn about this project, the more I think it'll destroy PTA's career as a filmmaker.


Nothing Josh Brolin says would make a difference. Let's just do the usual when it comes to a PTA film: just sit back and let us be taken aback our seats when this movie comes out. I mean, it's a PTA movie after all


Is it just me or is Brolin nicely trying to say that he hates the movie? I have a bad feeling about this film.


i've no problem with films veering from source material if it's done well and accentuates filmic qualities, which, admittedly is rarely done. the book was a riot, hope the film is same.

tristan eldritch

Let's hope it's more in the vein of The Master than There Will Be Blood's hammy histrionics.

oogle monster

Josh Brolin is probably the worst spokesperson for Josh Brolin and any Josh Brolin films.



Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *