Considering how big and beloved Paul Thomas Anderson is, it's curious that almost no bloggers have chosen to write about this.
Two or three weeks ago Esquire ran a piece investigating the mysterious past of PTA and speculates on why he chooses to leave it all behind, and we have noticed that no one has touched the thing with a twenty-foot pole.
Are people not willing to write about it because everyone love's PTA? Or is it cause it's just not that damning and damaging. There are a few eye raising incidents in the story, but nothing even close to damaging his untarnished reputation. We read it awhile ago and thought we would give it a whirl. It's fascinating whatever your take on it. Apparently the Esquire write spent months working and researching the piece and if you're a big PTA fan you should read it (especially if you're into hearing more of the "The Dirk Diggler" story)
Esquire tries to make a correlation between how his work mentions a lot of experiences in his San Fernando Valley and why he now tries to avoid it, but the thesis is pretty thin and vague to boot.
The most "damning" parts are his late high school/early P.A. years and its pretty mild stuff.
If anything the article just illustrates how driven PTA was.
Even though he was a first time director, and a young one at that, he didn't hesitate to fire his professional cinematographer or let the actors know what he wanted. "A lot directors shoot from the monitor, or even from another room. He will get as close as he can, just out of camera range. Sometimes just inches away. At first I found it a little distracting-he's always right there, with such intensity. But if it doesn't unnerve you, it probably gives your performance a little extra buzz," recalls Hall.
We can't be sure of his motive for "abandoning" his past, but one thinks it has something do to with his intense ambitious to see his images converted onto the screen, or so we would like to think, rather than just a careerist whorebag who uses everyone around them before cutting them off and moving onto the next set of connections. Let's face it. There's not too much to Esquire's article. Drive and ambition don't have to be pejoratives and getting in the face of a few directors when you're young isn't a sin, but it's kind of curious the way Esquire set up this article as it seems like they've got major dirt on PTA and then fail to deliver it. What was this writer doing for all these months?
PTA's got a new stageplay hitting Largo Saturday night in Los Angeles with Jon Brion doing the music again (like he did a few months ago). If anyone attends and its worth a write-up, email it to us and we'll post it.