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Robert Downey Jr. circling lead in Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice

Feb. 21, 2011by: Paul Tassi

It seems that I've posted more stories about Robert Downey Jr. dropping out of movies than starring in them lately. 

A while back, he left COWBOYS AND ALIENS, then Alfonso Cuaron's GRAVITY, now OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL. So outside of SHERLOCK HOLMES 2 and THE AVENGERS, is this guy ever going to star in a new film again?

As it turns out yes, probably. Downey Jr. is currently in talks for the lead in P.T. Anderson's INHERENT VICE. The filmmaker has had trouble getting his own projects off the ground recently, as his Scientology allegory THE MASTER was mysteriously shuttered, and only recently he received funding from billionaire heiress Megan Ellison to start making films again.

Seriously, the guy wins Oscars and has rarely made a bad film, and he has to turn to heiresses to get funding for his movies? What's going on here Hollywood?

Scientology blacklisting conspiracies aside, it does look like INHERENT VICE will get made. What's it about?

Vice is a comparatively accessible Pynchon work that tells the story of a stoner detective who gets wrapped up in a number of mysteries in 1969 L.A. while the Manson Family trial growls in the background.

Downey Jr. as a stoner detective? Sounds like a plan. Now flirt with that heiress some more and get this movie (and THE MASTER) made PT!

Extra Tidbit: My middle name is also Thomas.
Source: THR

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4:50PM on 02/22/2011
Can someone say: perfect fucking match!
Can someone say: perfect fucking match!
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12:36PM on 02/22/2011
I'm so excited for this film. Paul Thomas Anderson is the type of director who is always able to get the most of his actors and actresses. Mainly because his writing is so good, so it makes their job that much easier. Robert Downey Jr. will nail this role. Anyways, the novel in itself is great. Thomas Pynchon has read the first draft of the script, likes it and has given PTA the go ahead. So that should have any fan pumped up. As pumped as I am for this, I'm even more excited for The Master.
I'm so excited for this film. Paul Thomas Anderson is the type of director who is always able to get the most of his actors and actresses. Mainly because his writing is so good, so it makes their job that much easier. Robert Downey Jr. will nail this role. Anyways, the novel in itself is great. Thomas Pynchon has read the first draft of the script, likes it and has given PTA the go ahead. So that should have any fan pumped up. As pumped as I am for this, I'm even more excited for The Master. Which will be made. Philip Seymour Hoffman is set to star as the L Ron Hubbard-esque Master. So...I'm ecstatic, two potentially great films from Paul Thomas Anderson back to back. Hell yes!
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4:38PM on 02/21/2011
Cool, but I'd rather see him direct something based on his own original work. I still haven't gotten over how awesome The Master sounded like it was going to be.
Cool, but I'd rather see him direct something based on his own original work. I still haven't gotten over how awesome The Master sounded like it was going to be.
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12:06PM on 02/22/2011
Don't worry man. The Master is being financed by Megan Ellison as well. Both films will be made. Not only is she financing those two films, but she'll be financing John Hillcoat's upcoming adaptation of the Matt Bondurant novel, The Wettest County In The World. She definitely has great taste in movies.
Don't worry man. The Master is being financed by Megan Ellison as well. Both films will be made. Not only is she financing those two films, but she'll be financing John Hillcoat's upcoming adaptation of the Matt Bondurant novel, The Wettest County In The World. She definitely has great taste in movies.
4:27PM on 02/21/2011
I'd rather read an official press release, see a poster or trailer or even a set photo regarding the next P.T.A. film than watch the whole movie of The Dark Knight Rises. He is the best.
I'd rather read an official press release, see a poster or trailer or even a set photo regarding the next P.T.A. film than watch the whole movie of The Dark Knight Rises. He is the best.
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1:28PM on 02/21/2011
I'll be there w/ bells on. Love everything P.T. has put out so far. But I can't believe that I find RDJr so overexposed now that I can't get as excited as I would to hear this news in, say, 2006 or 7.
I'll be there w/ bells on. Love everything P.T. has put out so far. But I can't believe that I find RDJr so overexposed now that I can't get as excited as I would to hear this news in, say, 2006 or 7.
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12:36PM on 02/21/2011
Downey Jr. in a Anderson movie couldn't sound any more perfect.
Downey Jr. in a Anderson movie couldn't sound any more perfect.
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12:09PM on 02/21/2011
This kind of news is why they invented the expression "a match made in heaven".
This kind of news is why they invented the expression "a match made in heaven".
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12:02PM on 02/21/2011
I would fast forward the next 2 years of my life just to see these movies sooner.
I would fast forward the next 2 years of my life just to see these movies sooner.
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11:54AM on 02/21/2011
Anderson hasn't made a bad film yet. It is sad though that he has troubling getting funding, but people like Rob Cohen and Shawn Levy seem to find work quick and easy.
Anderson hasn't made a bad film yet. It is sad though that he has troubling getting funding, but people like Rob Cohen and Shawn Levy seem to find work quick and easy.
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12:07PM on 02/21/2011
That's mostly because Cohen and Levy are directors-for-hire. Anderson, on the other hand, only directs his own movies, much like another Anderson of the Wes type.
That's mostly because Cohen and Levy are directors-for-hire. Anderson, on the other hand, only directs his own movies, much like another Anderson of the Wes type.
12:21PM on 02/21/2011
I understand that, but Anderson has enough respect that it shouldn't be up for debate. It's only because his movies do mediocre at the box office that he can't get the keys to the kingdom...yet...
I understand that, but Anderson has enough respect that it shouldn't be up for debate. It's only because his movies do mediocre at the box office that he can't get the keys to the kingdom...yet...
11:53AM on 02/21/2011

DRUGS???

Really what would R Downey Jnr know about drug use??? He may struggle to get into character, lol.
I am a big fan of both hope this happens
Really what would R Downey Jnr know about drug use??? He may struggle to get into character, lol.
I am a big fan of both hope this happens
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11:46AM on 02/21/2011
I don't want to nitpick, but P.T. Anderson has never won an Oscar. He's been nominated 5 times though and no, he hasn't made a bad film so far in my opinion... :)

I don't want to nitpick, but P.T. Anderson has never won an Oscar. He's been nominated 5 times though and no, he hasn't made a bad film so far in my opinion... :)

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11:56AM on 02/21/2011
The guy is aces. His worst is other people's best.

I'll be there to watch this flick opening day.
The guy is aces. His worst is other people's best.

I'll be there to watch this flick opening day.
12:05PM on 02/21/2011
Same here.

Magnolia, Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood and especially Punch-Drunk Love ; they all blew me away the first time I saw them and I'm sure both this and The Master will.
Same here.

Magnolia, Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood and especially Punch-Drunk Love ; they all blew me away the first time I saw them and I'm sure both this and The Master will.
12:07PM on 02/21/2011
I think by him winning oscars it was meant that movies he makes win oscars. Regardless of whether or not he personally won them, he was at the helm of movies that have won.
I think by him winning oscars it was meant that movies he makes win oscars. Regardless of whether or not he personally won them, he was at the helm of movies that have won.
12:09PM on 02/21/2011
That would make sense.
That would make sense.
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