The Paul Thomas Anderson Smackdown!

When PTA gets angry he smiles at you….but really, he’s silently judging you.

Directors and actors are all obliged to get involved in press junkets and interviews to promote their movies, which in theory shouldn’t be too bad for people passionate about their project, but unfortunately most interviewers couldn’t give two shits about the film or person they’re interviewing. All they’re interested in, is getting the boring sound-bites you hear from every major publication. Here are a few examples below:-

– “So, tells us about your movie…”

– “What was is like working with x or y director/actor?”

– “What is your character’s motivation behind….blah blah

And so on and so on…

Imagine having to sit through hours of these endless stupid questions on loop. Christ! They’d have to make sure the interviews where held no higher than the first floor of the hotel, otherwise I might be tempted to jump out a window and fall to my death.  And then of course there’s the classic sexist questions. Here’s an example of a dumb-fuck question for Scarlet Johnson and Robert Downey Jr. at their Avengers press conference…

Reporter: “I have a question to Robert and to Scarlett. Firstly to Robert, throughout Iron Man 1 and 2, Tony Stark started off as a very egotistical character but learns how to fight as a team. And so how did you approach this role, bearing in mind that kind of maturity as a human being when it comes to the Tony Stark character, and did you learn anything throughout the three movies that you made?

“And to Scarlett, to get into shape for Black Widow did you have anything special to do in terms of the diet, like did you have to eat any specific food, or that sort of thing?”

Scarlett: “How come you get the really interesting existential question, and I get the like, “rabbit food” question?”

I really had to “LOL” at that one.

Well today Australian Channel Ten got PTA, justifiably, pissed off. The interviewer asked him a a question relating to the Tom Cruise screening of The Master, which at one time was billed “The Paul Thomas Anderson Scientology Film”. She clearly wanted to push his buttons a little bit about the subject, but as PTA has said REPEATEDLY, that it was “a matter between the two of them.” and that “we remain friends”. A video mash up of the interview, inter-cut with scenes from There Will Be Blood, drives the frustration of PTA home, quite nicely. Credit to Leandro Copperfield for the video.


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