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‘Inherent Vice’ First Look: Josh Brolin Goes From Thanos to “Bigfoot”

Inherent Vice First Look Josh Brolin
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After his famous romp with Mark Wahlberg in ‘Boogie Nights,’ director Paul Thomas Anderson brings us back to the ’70s with his upcoming film, ‘Inherent Vice,’ a highly anticipated project starring the likes of Josh Brolin and Joaquin Phoenix, and adapted from the Thomas Pynchon gonzo novel of the same name. With ‘Inherent Vice’ set to make its grand debut at this year’s New York Film Festival, its first official look has emerged, toting Brolin’s new haircut and tons and tons of pancakes.

“I’m not joking about the pancakes,” joked Brolin to EW, which features the first look of ‘Inherent Vice’ in the pages of its latest issue. “Many, many pancakes. By the end of the day, you’re shaking so much because you’ve eaten so many pancakes, you know you’re going to be diabetic in the next 24 hours.”

‘Inherent Vice’ features the ‘Oldboy’ and Thanos actor as Christian “Bigfoot” Bjornson, a detective with nothing but disdain for the hippie crowd (we can hear Cartman screaming, “God damn hippies!” in the backdrop), who finds himself at odds with Phoenix’s Doc Sportello. From the NYFF press release:

Joaquin Phoenix goes all the way for Anderson (just as he did in ‘The Master’) playing Doc Sportello, the private investigator searching for his ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston, a revelation), menaced at every turn by Josh Brolin as the telegenic police detective “Bigfoot” Bjornsen.

“With this [film], there was a lack of pretense — a really strange lack of pretense,” said Brolin. “When something isn’t working, you can say, ‘This feels like a turd. Let’s cut the middle three pages. I’ll try to improvise and provide a bridge. How about some pancakes?’”

Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Owen Wilson and Jena Malone round out the cast, and it’s one trip we’re eager to take with P.T. Anderson. Though, early reviews of the film have so far been mixed.

‘Inherent Vice’ will debut at New York Film Festival this October before hitting theaters on January 9, 2015.

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