'The Master' Promises Joaquin Phoenix 'Something That’s True' (Video)
In a new clip from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's latest, Philip Seymour Hoffman highlights the similarities between himself and Phoenix: "I am a hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you."
Paul Thomas Anderson offered audiences another look at his long-awaited opus The Master Tuesday with a new clip from the film. Featuring not only Joaquin Phoenix but Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, the 90-second teaser trailer offers new insights into the journey Phoenix’s character takes, and new details about the nature of his relationship with Hoffman’s.
According to earlier descriptions of the film, The Master chronicles the creation of a new religion not entirely unlike Scientology. Evidenced by the two clips released thus far by Anderson and The Weinstein Company, Phoenix plays a restless soldier who has trouble finding his niche until Hoffman’s character – the “Master” of the title – comes along and gives him a sense of purpose. Nevertheless, the new footage maps the trajectory of the pair’s relationship, apparently including Phoenix’s frustration and disillusionment with Hoffman’s lyrical but sometimes obtuse rhetoric.
The clip opens with a shot of Phoenix as he lingers on the side of the road, and then runs to jump aboard a passing truck. Hoffman’s voice reverberates with confidence as he questions the young man. “Why all of the stalking and sneaking?” he asks. “You’ve wandered from the proper path, haven’t you?”
“I don’t have any problems,” Phoenix responds, chuckling. “But if you have work for me to do, I can do it.”
Hoffman’s character describes himself to Phoenix, highlighting both their differences and similarities. “I am a writer,” he says. “A doctor. A nuclear physicist. A philosopher. But above all I am a man, a hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you.”
Following an extended shot of Phoenix walking as a montage of conversations seem to swirl around in his head, the clip cuts to Phoenix as he languishes in a jail cell. As Hoffman attempts to speak to him, Phoenix replies angrily, “I know you’re trying to calm me down, but just say something that’s true!”
Watch the video above for more details from Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest. The Master is being released nationwide October 12, 2012.