In this interview with Australian film “guy,” Marc Fennell, Paul Thomas Anderson discusses The Master, working in a specific historical period, metaphysics, among other…things. PT sounds almost deliriously exhausted but plays along like a good sport when Fennell asks him if they can stop talking about the movie for a while (this was after Anderson rambled on about the fuzzy line between real and fake and then admitted he couldn’t remember much about making the movie).
Other topics include Scientology (hey guess what, he’s sick of the comparisons), PT’s penis, and the song that he needs to hear to make him happy again (Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”). Finally, the director offers a disclaimer to everyone who is still planning to see The Master: lower your expectations on plot. Touché.
Listen to the full interview below for context.