Recently there was much speculation as to why Robert Downey Jr., who had been linked to the lead role of Doc Sportello in "Inherent Vice" for so long, would suddenly decide to drop out of the film just as it's getting ready for production. Many assumed it was because he was too busy with his never-ending Marvel contract but it appears that wasn't the case. In an interview with GQ (via The Playlist), Downey Jr. says it was PTA who decided Downey wasn't right for the role and he wanted Joaquin Phoenix (though the pair are still friends).
These days the son mentions the father often and fondly, particularly as the proud bearer of a filmmaking legacy that he would like to carry onward. It was also through his father that Downey became close with Paul Thomas Anderson: "He was actually friends with my pop first. And then finally the three of us got together for a meal, and then we kind of branched off. P.T. and I like ribbing each other. He goes, 'How does it feel to be the shortest superstar in the world?' And I say, 'It's amazing. And who tagged on that other act in the movie after Joaquin drove off on the motorcycle? Because the movie ended there, right?' He just laughs. We live to rib each other, because he is as far on one side of the scale as I am to the other, presently, in people's perception, and yet we could finish each other's sentences all day." They discussed the possibility that Downey might be in Anderson's next movie, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice, and Downey says that he was into it but that Anderson ultimately wanted to make the movie with Joaquin Phoenix. "I think he told me I'm too old," says Downey, amused. "Which I love when people tell me."The profile also hints at RDJ wanting to back away from franchises and into some more personal work so perhaps its possible a future collaboration between the two could be in the cards. As for 'Vice,' when we spoke to producer JoAnne Sellar back in January she said they were hoping to start filming in "late April/early May." Though we haven't heard a peep out of production regarding any other casting yet, Joaquin's facial hair indicates that things should be getting underway very, very shortly. (If he shaves, we'll start to worry.) Have you heard anything regarding production? Drop us a line.
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