Now, I appreciate this might be frustrating for UK readers that I keep posting these new clips and trailers to promote special screenings of The Master in the US, but I am making no apologies because I am so painfully excited about this I just have to keep sharing!
Paul Thomas Anderson’s first film since There Will Be Blood is making the rounds in the US with a number of special screenings ahead of its official US release of 14th September. The latest screening took place in San Francisco’s Castro Theatre, and the following clip was released by Fox to promote it. Check it out at the bottom of this post.
There has also been a lot of talk of the film being loosely based on L. Ron Hubbard’s story, he being the man who founded Scientology. The character in the film who it is thought is Hubbard is played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, and while it is still unclear whether the film is indeed about Scientology, Hoffman offered this when speaking with EW recently:
“It’s not the L. Ron Hubbard story. [Scientology] was one of the bigger movements at the time, but there were a lot of movements at that time. There’s nothing about how I’m behaving or talking that echoes [Hubbard]. I thought of a lot of other bigger-than-life personalities, charismatic people like Orson Welles. Joaquin’s character is like a beaten dog, no matter where he goes, [he] gets into severe trouble. And somehow I’m able to deal with him.”
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Arriving in UK cinemas on 9th November, the film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Rami Malek, Laura Dern and Jesse Plemons. Anderson both wrote and directed the film, and Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood created the score.
A striking portrait of drifters and seekers in post World War II America, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master unfolds the journey of a Naval veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) who arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future — until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Starring Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Dern.
By Matt Wavish