Anderson wrote the script for "The Master" with both actors in mind for their roles, and was especially delighted that Phoenix finally said yes to him: "I've asked him to be in just about every other movie I've done and he'd said no because it's a little bit of a pain in the ass… But he said yes this time. And thank god he did."
The conference wrapped with an amusing anecdote about the porcelain toilet that Phoenix shatters in a sequence where Dodd and Quell end up in adjoining jail cells. Smiled Anderson: "I'm not fucking joking about this... That was a historic toilet because it's in a San Pedro jail cell which is a historic monument and when they heard that we broke their toilet seat, they were really pissed off. We could only shoot that scene once."