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Listen: 100 Minutes Of Interviews With Paul Thomas Anderson About ‘Inherent Vice’

Listen: 100 Minutes Of Interviews With Paul Thomas Anderson About 'Inherent Vice'

“If your characters are stoned, your camera should be sober,” Paul Thomas Anderson tells Studio 360, and its just one of the many zen-like pearls of wisdom the director offers up in his interview about “Inherent Vice.” With his Thomas Pynchon adaptation now between limited release and wide(r) release next month, a batch of new talks have arrived that are worth a listen, if only to hear Anderson take complete ownership of the material.

“It was a feeling that I don’t want anybody to do this other than me,” he said of tackling the novel. “Even if somebody’s going to blow it, I want to be the one to blow it.”

By most accounts he hasn’t blown it all, but instead captured the freewheeling detective story while also putting his own stamp on it. And while some have suggested the loopy movie is a bit hard to follow, Anderson insists that’s not the case. “It was funny just how simple it all started to seem at a certain point — because people talk about [how] this movie’s gonna be convoluted and complicated, and there’s all that, but that’s all kind of window dressing to keep it entertaining and fun because underneath it, the points do connect and they’re actually not that complicated,” he told NPR.

And there’s much, much more. Check out both of those conversations, along with a long chat with KQED below. Plus a new poster for the film focusing on Josh Brolin‘s Bigfoot.


#JoshBrolin is Lt. Detective Christian F. “Bigfoot” Bjornsen. #InherentVice

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@reesewitherspoon is Deputy D.A. Penny Kimball. #InherentVice #ReeseWitherspoon

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