You guys can have your summer comic book movies where buff guys in tights rub their codpieces on each other and reverse the polarity, the movie I’m most excited for is The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson’s possibly-about-Scientology-but-let’s-say-it’s-not-so-we-don’t-get-sued epic set to open in October. In this just-released clip, Joaquin Phoenix’s troubled-drifter harelip character meets with Philip Seymour Hoffman, who might be based on L. Ron Hubbard, but only loosely enough to avoid a lawsuit.
Joaquin’s character asks Hoffman (Lancaster Doddd) “what do you do?” To which he replies:
“I am a writer, a doctor, a nucular physicist, a theoretical philosopher, but above all, I am a man. A hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you.”
They let people who pronounce it “nuke-ya-ler” become physicists? Or does he mean “physicist” in the same sense that an e-meter is “scientific?” I guess we’ll have to watch the movie to find out. I like that the marketing so far is intriguing, but still leaves a bit of mystery, unlike these bike shorts I’m wearing.
Here’s the first teaser from a while back: