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    53 Hidden Details And Behind-The-Scenes Facts From Paul Thomas Anderson's Movies

    Yes, Mark Wahlberg still has *that* prosthetic from "Boogie Nights."

    I don't know about you, but I'm already eagerly awaiting Paul Thomas Anderson's next film (whatever and whenever it may be).

    To tide me over, I started rewatching Punch-Drunk Love (my favorite PTA movie), and ever the trivia junkie, I started looking up some behind-the-scenes info, which snowballed into looking up behind-the-scenes info for all of his films.

    Here's some of what I found out:

    1. As of early 2022, Anderson has directed nine feature films.

    Paul Thomas Anderson smiling at the camera

    2. Most of Anderson's movies are set in the past.

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    3. Like Wes Anderson (no relation), Paul Thomas Anderson has collaborated frequently with the same people.

    Paul Thomas Anderson and Philip Seymour Hoffman

    4. Between the two of them, Jon Brion and Jonny Greenwood did the scores for eight of Anderson's nine films.

    5. Aimee Mann also performed or contributed music for the first three of Anderson's films.

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    She sings "Christmastime" over the Hard Eight credits; the song "Voices Carry" by her former band 'Til Tuesday is briefly heard in Boogie Nights; and she's responsible for a huge chunk of the Magnolia soundtrack.

    6. Mark Bridges has served as costume designer on every one of Anderson's movies.

    Still from Boogie Nights

    7. All nine of Anderson's movies have been produced by Daniel Lupi, who was also an EP on Us, Her, and Lincoln, to name a few.

    Paul Thomas Anderson and Philip Baker Hall on the set of Hard Eight

    8. Lupi's fellow producer JoAnne Sellar has worked on each of Anderson's movies, minus Hard Eight.

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    9. Casting director Cassandra Kulukundis has also worked on every PTA movie except Hard Eight.

    Heather Graham and Paul Thomas Anderson

    10. Actors Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, and Melora Walters all starred in Anderson's first three films.

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    Hoffman also appeared in Punch-Drunk Love and The Master (alongside Walters), and Reilly was just in Licorice Pizza.

    11. Luis Guzmán appeared in Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and Punch-Drunk Love.

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    12. Philip Seymour Hoffman improvised most of his scenes in Hard Eight.

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    In an interview with Rolling Stone following Hoffman's passing, Philip Baker Hall said: "I was shocked at his ability to improvise his way through. He improvised most of that craps scene and just had such a sense for timing. At that point, I was older, and he was very young. I was like, 'Who is this kid?'"

    13. Burt Reynolds turned down the role of Jack Horner in Boogie Nights seven times.

    Burt Reynolds in Boogie Nights

    14. In fact, Reynolds hated the film so much he fired his agent after seeing it for the first time.

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    15. William H. Macy didn't need to audition to play Little Bill.

    William H. Macy in Boogie Nights

    16. Actual adult film stars appear in small roles throughout Boogie Nights.

    Veronica Hart as a judge in Boogie Nights

    17. Mark Wahlberg kept the prosthetic penis he wore to play Eddie.

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    18. Tom Cruise was such a fan of Boogie Nights he specifically asked Anderson to cast him in his next movie.

    Frank in Magnolia

    19. Anderson was inspired by Aimee Mann's music to write Magnolia.

    julianne moore in magnolia

    20. Mann's music is also literally seen in the movie.

    Claudia in Magnolia

    21. If you think Magnolia is too long, you're not alone.

    phillip seymour hoffman in magnolia

    22. Pat Healy plays two separate pharmacists in Magnolia.

    23. Thomas Jane was also supposed to play two roles, but due to scheduling issues only appeared as a young Jimmy Gator.

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    24. Anderson wrote Punch-Drunk Love with Adam Sandler in mind.

    Adam Sandler and Paul Thomas Anderson

    25. After seeing Magnolia, Sandler wasn't sure if he could actually work with Anderson.

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    26. Sandler wasn't the only one doubtful about his casting.

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    27. In Punch-Drunk Love, the first time Barry goes to the grocery store, an out-of-focus character in red clothes is seen following him.

    Barry in Punch-Drunk Love looking at a character in red in the distance

    28. The cuts on Barry's knuckles after he punches his office wall spell out "love."

    Adam Sandler with cuts on his knuckles in Punch Drunk Love

    29. According to Jon Brion, Anderson wanted Punch-Drunk Love "to feel like a musical but nobody ever breaks into song."

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    30. The song "He Needs Me," heard when Barry and Lena meet in Hawaii, is originally from the 1980 live-action adaptation of Popeye.

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    Shelley Duvall sings it as Olive Oyl.

    31. There Will Be Blood star Daniel Day-Lewis was a fan of Punch-Drunk Love.

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    32. Day-Lewis listened to oral histories from the turn of the 20th century to nail down Plainview's voice.

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    33. Day-Lewis' speech about building schools and bringing bread to Little Boston was improvised.

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    34. Paul Dano originally was only supposed to play Paul Sunday.

    Paul Dano in There Will Be Blood

    35. The story about O'Neill's departure changes depending on who you ask.

    kel o'neil speaking

    36. The film The Master was partially inspired by L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology.

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    37. Joaquin Phoenix's parents were briefly members of the Children of God cult.

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    38. Freddie's first lines in The Master — and the opening lines of the whole movie — were improvised by Phoenix.

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    39. Inherent Vice was Anderson's second time adapting a novel.

    martin short and paul thomas anderson

    40. Inherent Vice is also the first film adaptation of one of Thomas Pynchon's novels.

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    41. For a while, Robert Downey Jr. was attached to play Doc.

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    42. Inherent Vice originally didn't have a narrator.

    paul thomas anderson behind the camera

    43. Inherent Vice was the first of Anderson's films that Maya Rudolph, his wife since 2001, appeared in.

    maya rudolph dressed as a nurse

    44. Rudolph inspired Phantom Thread.

    Maya Rudolph looking at Paul Thomas Anderson

    45. Daniel Day-Lewis once again employed his meticulous method acting to play Reynolds Woodcock in Phantom Thread.

    Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread

    46. According to Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread is his final film.

    Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread

    47. Anderson specifically didn't want Phantom Thread to look like a certain Netflix series.

    Claire Foy in The Crown

    48. Jonny Greenwood earned his first Oscar nomination for the Phantom Thread score.

    Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread

    49. The term "licorice pizza" is slang for LP vinyl records.

    Cooper Hoffman in Licorice Pizza

    50. Anderson wrote the role of Alana Kane in Licorice Pizza specifically with Alana Haim in mind after directing music videos for her and her sisters.

    Alana Haim in Licorice Pizza

    51. Philip Seymour Hoffman's son Cooper was cast after Anderson had trouble finding a trained actor who could match Haim's energy.

    Cooper Hoffman in Licorice Pizza

    52. Haim and Hoffman had met years before starring opposite each other.

    Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman in Licorice Pizza

    53. The character Alana's family is played by the real-life Alana's family.

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    Her mother Donna was Anderson's art teacher in elementary school.