I can’t wait for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. I don’t really know much about it. Don’t really want to know much about it. However I’ll admit I cracked and read up on some details that Play List cultivated from an NYT article.
Hop inside, behold the wonder!
Here’s four things we learned about Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” that we didn’t already know.
1. The budget was approximately $30 million. For comparison, “There Will Be Blood” was made for $25 million. Perhaps we’ll see a picture slightly bigger in scope? Or perhaps this is simply the price of period-piece cars and boats they likely had to rent (‘TWWB’ just needed trains and costumes for the most part, but is pretty damn spare in its locations).
2. Formerly known as Freddie Sutton, Joaquin Phoenix’s character is now called Freddie Quell and his character apparently also shares “accidental similarities” with Anderson’s father. “The elder Anderson was a Navy vet who served in the Pacific during World War II, and, like Quell, was born about 90 years ago,” the Times writes.
3. The Church of Scientology aren’t mad at the film…yet. “The Church only knows about the film what it has read in the press…we have not seen the film, so can’t say one way or another,” a spokesperson told the Times.
4. Rumors that the film was inspired by the deaths of married artists Jeremy Blake and Teresa Blake – whose heartbreaking dual suicides are supposed to have some sort of connection to alleged harassment by Scientologists — is flatly denied. “It’s been in his head for years and years and years, probably 12 years,” a friend of PTA’s speaking on condition of anonymity said.
TL;DR: it’s going to be fucking fantastic.