Der Esquire hat einen schönen Artikel über Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood), darin geht es vor allem um PTAs Vergangenheit, die er bislang immer sehr geheim hielt. Absoluter Lesebefehl für Fans, für alle anderen aber eigentlich auch.
His best friend was a kid named Shane Conrad, and they were always thick as thieves, plotting one mysterious adventure after another. He was popular with girls and brilliant in the classroom, but he always had another agenda. And he always used to say, “Miss Stevens, I’m going to be a famous director. I’m going to win the Academy Award.” And then he grew up to become Paul Thomas Anderson, the acclaimed director of Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, and There Will Be Blood. It’s wonderful to think about, almost a fairy tale.
But then Stevens stops, puzzled and even a little sad. Although Anderson is one of the most autobiographical filmmakers of his generation, drawing heavily on his childhood in the San Fernando Valley, most stories about him offer some variation on “very little is known about his early years” or “little is known about Paul’s childhood.” He has stopped talking to most of his friends from those years, and none of them can say whether he just moved on naturally or broke with his past for some secret reason.
“When he did Magnolia,” Stevens says, “I sent word through someone who worked with him to tell Paul it would be great if he could come back for a visit. I’d love to see him. And the answer came: ‘Paul doesn’t go back.'”
She pauses for a moment. “Isn’t that strange?”
Hier noch die „Dirk Diggler Story“, der Kurzfilm, den PTA als Schüler drehte und auf dem „Boogie Nights“ basiert.