The definitive Paul Thomas Anderson resource, Cigarettes and Red Vines, announced recently that PTA has begun to meet with actors to cast his upcoming film, Inherent Vice. This announcement comes on the heels of the news that Joaquin Phoenix has replaced Robert Downey Jr., who originally had been rumored to star as the film’s lead. [According to RDJ, PTA thought he was too old to play the film’s protagonist Doc Sportello, a 29-year-old stoner private eye.]
With Inherent Vice back in the news, it seems only right to remind the world that this movie will be awesome. Don’t believe me? Here are five reasons why.
1.) Thomas Pynchon
Thomas Pynchon is one of America’s best authors and a frequently mentioned candidate for the literature Nobel Prize. His literary output has earned him numerous accolades, one of which being the book of the year award for his 1973 book, Gravity’s Rainbow.
What’s equally badass about Pynchon, though, is the secrecy shrouding his private life. For the last forty years Pynchon consciously and successfully has removed himself from mainstream society. He’s successfully evaded reporters, dodged cameras, and pretty much evaporated into thin air. Very few pictures of Pynchon exist, and most of the ones that do are from his early college days.
In fact, Pynchon’s nature is so reclusive that for years his residence was unknown, which led some unconfirmed sources to suspect he was living in Mexico. Only recently has the media been able to state with confidence that Pynchon resides in New York City. By the way, he does absolutely NO press for any of his books, yet they continue to win awards and influence developing authors.