Brolin On “Inherent Vice,” Rejecting Batman

Paul Thomas Anderson tries pulp with his next film, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s pot-smoking private detective tale “Inherent Vice”. It’s a movie that boasts an impressive ensemble cast including one Josh Brolin.

Now, speaking with The Independent, Brolin spoke about the film’s shoot: “I just did a movie for P.T. Anderson that I didn’t understand. The writing of Thomas Pynchon is so Shakespearean. It was crazy, chaotic but really, really gratifying.”

Brolin also revealed that, much like the way “There Will Be Blood” was only a loose adaptation of Upton Sinclair’s “Oil!,” this ‘Vice’ film strays from its literary counterpart: “We took it I think in a direction that the book doesn’t necessarily go, hoping it will work.” That film hits December 12th.

Brolin also recently spoke about being considered for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Zack Snyder’s “Batman vs Superman” and why he turned it down. He tells Yahoo: “Me and [director] Zack [Snyder] had a conversation about it, and there were several reasons why we said it wasn’t the best idea on both sides. I had mine and Zack had his.”

Brolin also went on to criticise the backlash against Ben Affleck’s casting in the role: “People were so disrespectful. How can you blame an actor for acting? I understand you’re a fan, but people forget that actors are human. When you’re sitting in front of a computer it’s easy to go, ‘Well, I wish he would die. Send.’ But somebody’s going to read that. Their kids are going to read it and the wife is going to read it. We’re so computer-oriented that we forget.”