Oh, well! According to The Hollywood Reporter won’t be in ’s Thomas Pyncho adaptation, Inherent Vice. Although the actor was apparently interested in taking the part of Doc Sportello – an easy going, pot-smoking charmer of a P.I – who gets embroiled in a kidnapping plot in 1970s LA, he ultimately declined.
Why the actor would pass on the opportunity to collaborate with one of the greatest American directors (There Will be Blood, Boogie Nights, Magnolia) working today is a bit beyond me, but... hey, there is always Iron Man 3, Sherlock Holmes 3 and The Avengers: Age Of Ultron to look forward to!
As for Anderson, the filmmaker apparently isn’t wasting any time in getting back to the search for an alternative leading man; he's now in talks with his The Master star .
You can throw lots of adjectives at – talented, intense, irreverent, stir-crazy – and quite a few will stick! But easygoing and charming? Not so much...
Which is really a shame, since the role in Inherent Vice really calls for both qualities. Then again, Phoenix’s deeply unsettling performance in The Master might be one for the ages, so I am probably totally mistaken here.
In we trust!