Probably the oddest nugget of auteur/comedy movie trivia to come along since it was revealed that Terrence Malick is a “Zoolander” fan, “The Master” helmer Paul Thomas Anderson reveals he’s partial to a bawdy good romp from time to time. And hell, maybe one day he’ll just get out there and make is own R-rated filth fest.
“I’d like to make a film like ‘Airplane.’ That never gets old. Or ‘Ted.’ It was a big hit. Why? Because it’s great,” he enthused to Moviehole. “Movies that are that big a hit are never fucking bad. I mean, there’s no such… You know, people aren’t that stupid, that movie’s a hit because it’s hilarious. I hope [Seth MacFarlane] makes another film.”
Certainly, Anderson’s films have all contained humor to one degree or another (“The Master” even manages a fart joke), but would you want him to do a full on, balls out, R-rated comedy? Well, he would like to do it. “Soon hopefully. I have to write it. It sounds daunting,” he laughed. But one thing you most likely will never seem to do is helm an action movie.
“Action films take a lot of time and they’re really fun to watch and to edit together, but they’re not that much fun to make. I mean, and I only say that from the experience that I’ve had doing anything that is remotely kinda action oriented, like the frog scene in ‘Magnolia‘ or some of the bits in ‘There Will be Blood,’ that it’s so time consuming, waiting for somebody to blow up a window,” he shared. “I don’t know, it doesn’t float my boat as much as the of the other stuff.”
So there you have it — Comedy 1, Action Movies 0. The petition for a Joaquin Phoenix-led, hard R comedy directed by PTA starts here…