Josh Brolin Calls 'Inherent Vice' Shoot "Great" & "Absolute Fucking Chaos"

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by Kevin Jagernauth
September 25, 2013 3:24 PM
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These days, a shoot on a Paul Thomas Anderson film tends to involve a close knit bunch of people, sworn to secrecy, and indulging in wherever his imagination might go next. While not quite Terrence Malick in terms of jumping off script and going off to shoot the migration of a rare species of bird, Anderson does shoot a lot of film, and as fans found out with "The Master," he leaves a lot on the cutting room floor. We'd wager that will be the same for his upcoming adaptation of "Inherent Vice," particularly if Josh Brolin's words are anything to go by.

The actor recently chatted with David Poland (via Cigarettes & Red Vines) about his upcoming film, Jason Reitman's "Labor Day," but touched upon his experience working with PTA, one that sounds both unmoored, yet satisfying. "Paul Thomas Anderson, having just worked with him... [it's like]  let's go this way, or let's whisper the lines, and let's actually take out all the lines and we'll do it like charades once. Or, you know, like, hold him -- put him on your shoulders and let's do the whole scene like that. He's all over the place," Brolin said. "It's just absolute fucking chaos every day, all day. Which is great, 'cause you feel like you've done something. But, you know, we'll see how it turns out."

And while that might seem like an indictment of the shoot, Brolin enthuses he likes the vulnerability that it provides, though he reveals that Anderson was wiped out by the end of shoot. "I see Paul, after this movie that we just did, and he was just exhausted, man. Exhausted. Like, he just took off and died somewhere, you know? Not literally, but figuratively," the actor said, adding: "[He] crawled into an editing room. But he was into it. He called me in the middle of the night, goes, dude I'm working on this thing, it looks amazing, it's so cool. It's like a kid. It's like being around a bunch of kids. That's fun."

Release date? Keep guessing. Remember, "The Master" was in post-production nearly a year before it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2012 (and secretly screened in various locations before the fest). So we wouldn't necessarily bet on Cannes, and we'll just have to be patient for now.

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8 Comments

  • ernie_jena | January 4, 2014 9:14 PMReply

    JENA MALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sano | September 26, 2013 4:13 PMReply

    Interesting, looking foward to this. PTA has yet to disappoint me.

  • Benutty | September 26, 2013 3:00 PMReply

    Boogie Nights/Magnolia aside, given his good film-bad film-good film-bad film- track record, I'm expecting greatness from Inherent Vice. The Master was absolutely dreadful.

  • Edward Davis | September 27, 2013 12:44 PM

    All subjective, Benutty. His later period is >>> than his early wannabe Scorsese/Demme and Altman where he hung all his influences on his sleeve and had to dash around style for the sake of it.

  • RAS | September 27, 2013 12:18 PM

    Yeah I'm not really a huge fan of Smoke and Mirrors PTA. But I did think The Master was better than TWBB. TWBB when you really think about it is just silly. It has the look of subtlety and gives it the feeling of profundity but it's really just a hollow movie. I like Honest and Real PTA much more. Hope he returns to that. Or at least loosens up from his obtuse trying to make an obvious masterpiece phase.

  • Brian | September 27, 2013 4:39 AM

    You're a jackass.

  • FGLthemovies | September 25, 2013 6:10 PMReply

    Je suis très excité! I'm a big fan of PTA and I hope this film will give him a nice box office success as well as another wonderful addition to an already outstanding (and flawless) oeuvre !

  • joe | September 25, 2013 4:06 PMReply

    another killer from pta ...hopefully this time it will do good at the box office....paul deserve this

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