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Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
« Reply #180 on: March 30, 2018, 09:07:45 AM »
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I wanted to hear what Johnny Greenwood has said about PTA, and found this. don't know if it has been posted here yet.

https://www.stereogum.com/1983217/jonny-greenwood-and-paul-thomas-anderson-seem-to-have-a-delightful-working-relationship/news/

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“He said, ‘Either you come and you’re dressed like an idiot, and that’d be brilliant. Or you come and you have to say something on stage, which would also be brilliant. So win-win for me,'” Greenwood said in a recent interview. “It’s a kind of abuse, really, the way he treats me.”

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What makes them such a good match?

“Like any good long-term relationship, I’d say mutual respect and date nights,” says Anderson.

“He has faith in me and he likes making fun of me,” says Greenwood. “I think they’re the two prongs of the perfect relationship, really.”

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“He won’t push gently into something that doesn’t come naturally. He needs to find a legitimate way in to something rather than just juke-boxing. The music he came up with is just deeply felt — by him, clearly. I don’t know why some people can do it and others can’t, but he can access something inside him and get it to come out though his fingers into his instruments. It’s weird. He can even make Toca Band on his phone sound like something spectacular and moving.”

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Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
« Reply #181 on: April 04, 2018, 04:52:44 PM »
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Marc Maron has an odd take on PTA during his conversation with Neil Patrick Harris this week.  I'm not sure I agree, and don't quite understand why Marc came to this particular conclusion.


[Don't know why this link won't start at 1:19:38--but that's the start of the tangent.  Marc asks him about Ricky Jay.]



The PTA segment (begins at 1:20:47):

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MM: Have you ever talked to him? Paul Thomas Anderson?
NPH: No. I just read a whole article about him...
MM: He's a very goofy guy.
NPH: Really?
MM:  He grew up in the Valley... His dad was a whacky TV host from Cleveland or something...
NPH: That's right...
MM: And his dad and Tim Conway were best friends...
NPH:  No way...!
MM:  Yeah.  Like, I thought he was, like, some Dark Genius... He comes over here, he's just...goofy dude from the Valley.  And it's very entertaining to talk to him....
NPH:  So, what is a goofy dude like that...
MM:  Where does he get that stuff?  Why is he so fuckin'...  Maybe that's just his public persona--but he's obviously an incredible filmmaker.
NPH:  Phantom Thread?!
MM: He's got reall balls with the filmmaking. Like, he's not afraid of what's going to come at him.
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Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
« Reply #182 on: April 04, 2018, 05:12:17 PM »
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Marc Maron has an odd take on PTA during his conversation with Neil Patrick Harris this week.  I'm not sure I agree, and don't quite understand why Marc came to this particular conclusion.


[Don't know why this link won't start at 1:19:38--but that's the start of the tangent.  Marc asks him about Ricky Jay.]



The PTA segment (begins at 1:20:47):

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MM: Have you ever talked to him? Paul Thomas Anderson?
NPH: No. I just read a whole article about him...
MM: He's a very goofy guy.
NPH: Really?
MM:  He grew up in the Valley... His dad was a whacky TV host from Cleveland or something...
NPH: That's right...
MM: And his dad and Tim Conway were best friends...
NPH:  No way...!
MM:  Yeah.  Like, I thought he was, like, some Dark Genius... He comes over here, he's just...goofy dude from the Valley.  And it's very entertaining to talk to him....
NPH:  So, what is a goofy dude like that...
MM:  Where does he get that stuff?  Why is he so fuckin'...  Maybe that's just his public persona--but he's obviously an incredible filmmaker.
NPH:  Phantom Thread?!
MM: He's got reall balls with the filmmaking. Like, he's not afraid of what's going to come at him.

I think it's that Marc thought PTA would be very serious and less conversational than he is. PTA's films give off a sense of the literary (especially after The Master and IV, when Marc had him on the podcast) and can be narratively and "intellectually" challenging with a great level of craft, I suppose, so he possibly expected a person with a challenging intellect and wariness about the world.

Not that PTA isn't intelligent or knowledgeable, but he is very relatable, conversational, loves to joke, isn't serious all the time, loves funny movies, etc., so that's what I think Marc means by "goofy" (though goofy is a bit hyperbolic). I wouldn't really describe PTA as goofy myself, but I think it's Marc's way of saying that PTA's a lot more down to earth and funnier than expected.

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Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
« Reply #183 on: April 04, 2018, 06:08:02 PM »
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if one wants to learn about Tim Conway, he wrote and starred in Paul Bartel's The Longshot, and right there'll you'll learn about humor and characters and everything else. Robby Müller was the dp.

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Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
« Reply #184 on: April 05, 2018, 11:58:21 PM »
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I remember Amy Adams mentioning a similar experience. I think she had been expecting someone dour and "very, very serious" (quoting Dodd there, not Adams).

Still, I think Marc Maron's bafflement is kind of baffling. People are complicated. It doesn't seem that surprising to me that a serious filmmaker can also manage to be a down to earth fellow.

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Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
« Reply #185 on: April 20, 2018, 05:20:15 PM »
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A nice interview with William H Macy over at The Ringer.


https://www.theringer.com/movies/2018/4/20/17258738/william-h-macy-career-life-fargo-boogie-nights-shameless


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Shortly after, you did Boogie Nights. How the hell did that movie get made?


More to the point: How did it get made with the subject matter? I mean, you know, a loving look at the porn industry. Imagine that. Paul had some juice going into this and it was the heyday of indies, so you could make money off an independent film. It was a good bet, but the first draft of the script that I read was X-rated. It was really graphic. It had a lot of sex in it. I wrote my agents and said, “Hold on. Am I being punked? Is this real?” And they said, “Yeah, he wants to meet with you.” So I watched Hard Eight.


It’s a good movie.


Oh my God, it’s great. Paul is a high-energy guy—really kind, really supportive, and fun. He likes to joke around. He has an indefatigable knowledge of film. He’s seen every movie ever made. You feel confidence with him, and that’s the biggest thing as an actor. I want to feel confident that the director is going to bring us home and do it with as little bloodletting as possible. As I’ve gotten older, I get cranky when we go over 12 hours. I want to know why. Is this planned and you didn’t tell anyone? Who screwed up?
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Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
« Reply #186 on: April 22, 2018, 07:19:33 PM »
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Joaquin Phoenix talking about PTA in a recent long form interview with Collider
http://collider.com/joaquin-phoenix-interview-paul-thomas-anderson-the-joker/#christopher-nolan

I know I’m almost out of time with you, so I have to ask you, I’m a huge fan, like everyone, of your collaborations with Paul [Thomas Anderson]. I’m just curious, what has it been like for you working with him? Do you foresee yourself working with him again in the future?

PHOENIX: He’s like someone that came, brought me this movie at this time in my career that it just couldn’t have been more perfect timing for me. I feel like I learned, so much of the experience taught me so much, and also working with Phillip [Seymour Hoffman], there’s just something so magical about that film to me, the experience of making that movie. I feel strongly about Paul. I have so much love and respect for him as a man and as a creative person. I feel like I don’t know, it’s just one of those moments where I wonder what kind of actor I’d be without that experience, without having worked with him. I hope that we’ll work together again. I don’t know. If I turn around in 20 years and I say I got to work with Paul twice, that’s … You know what I mean?

Totally.

PHOENIX: Fucking great. Yeah, of course, I’m fucking greedy. I would like to do it more, but if that’s all I got, I feel very fortunate to have had that experience.

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Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
« Reply #187 on: April 22, 2018, 10:09:16 PM »
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Please God let them team up again.
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Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
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Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
« Reply #189 on: May 20, 2018, 09:26:24 PM »
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Leon Vitali Talks About Stanley Kubrick and ‘Filmworker’ at Nuart Theatre
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Vitali did share stories about Kubrick which involved him calling Vitali a certain word which has a broader meaning in England and Scotland but a simpler one in America as many find it extremely offensive (hint: it begins wit a c and ends with a t), and he also talked about the pie fight scene which was taken out of “Dr. Strangeglove” because they just felt it would have been a terrible way to end the movie. In terms of filmmakers today who Vitali considers in Kubrick’s league, he said he really admires Paul Thomas Anderson, Guillermo Del Toro because he gets back to the fairy tale part of the storytelling, and Sean Baker who directed “The Florida Project.” In terms of his favorite Kubrick movie, he said if you put a gun to his head he would have to say it is “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
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