In a profile in The New York Times today, Anderson skirted around the question, saying that the author “spent a long time deciding not to have themselves out there. There’s a reason for that. So I’m just going to step out of that.” Actor Josh Brolin, however, basically confirmed it when he said that “I don’t think anybody knew Mr. Pynchon was on the set…He came on as the kind of mercurial iconoclast he is. He stayed in the corner.” It begs the question—would Pynchon even visit the set if he wasn’t there to make a cameo?
He (J. Phoenix) revealed that Anderson had been in touch with the author while working on his latest project.
"I know that they talked a lot," Phoenix said. "Sometimes, he’d say, ‘Oh, I talked to Pynchon last night, and we were talking, he thought maybe it could be like this or like that’.
"It was pretty amazing, because it seemed like he was very active in the process through Paul. It seemed like they talked often and he would make suggestions or talk about how to condense three scenes into one." Changes to the book will also expand the role of Sortilège - played by musician Joanna Newsom in the movie - and transform her into the narrator.
Anderson originally considered adapting Pynchon’s Vineland.
Matt Selman, producent wykonawczy serialu animowanego „Simpsonowie”, pochwalił się na Twitterze zdjęciem odręcznych notatek poczynionych na kopii scenariusza jednego z odcinków sitcomu ręką samego Thomasa Pynchona!
“Whenever Bill Vignola typed his own name in MS Word, the email to Gates explained, it was automatically changed to Bill Vaginal. Presumably Vignola caught this sometimes, but not always, and no doubt this serious man was sad to come across like a character in a Thomas Pynchon novel.”“It’s totally reasonable to freak out over how good the essays in Consider the Lobster or Slouching Towards Bethlehem are, but for my money, the writer who has had just as much—maybe more—influence on the style and tone of many of today’s writers is Nora Ephron.”Feminist horror? Yes please.