Paul Thomas Anderson recently gave a rare interview with Vice to talk up his newest film, “Inherent Vice,” and he addressed everything from Joaquin Phoenix’s nimble athleticism (according to Anderson, he’s “somewhere between a rat and a monkey”) to what’s so great about movies on airplanes. (“40,000 feet up in the air, any movie is a good movie.”)
Throughout the course of the 20-minute interview, Anderson offered up viewing tips for “Inherent Vice,” explaining how to really get into what he calls its “‘Alice in Wonderland’-style” drama.
“I think you’re kind of meant to go through it like a doc. You know, meeting one character that gives you massive amounts of information, meeting someone else who just contradicts that and then meeting someone else who verifies the contradictions, while in fact reinforcing the first thing you heard, continuing to just spiral you around into a complete paranoid frenzy.” (This movie’s really gives us the run around, doesn’t it?)
Anderson was very candid about what inspires him and the surprising things that make him laugh. “People getting hurt is always funny,” he quipped. “‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ is a big deal around my house.” He also professed his love for jump scares: “Any footage where people are looking at a computer and that scary face comes up? I love that.”
He ended the interview on the joy of casting (what it’s like to “discover” new actors, etc.) and spilled a little about what it’s like on his sets. Watch the full interview below: