The first trailer for P. T. Anderson’s “The Master” was a rather odd affair with Joaquin Phoenix acting suitably shifty and devil-may-care. In the latest trailer, Anderson introduces Philip Seymour Hoffman into the mix as the L. Ron Hubbard analogue. Amy Adams makes an appearance as well.
Hoffman, it must be observed, remarkably evokes Hubbard’s appearance; but since this isn’t a direct cinematic examination of the cult, PTA and Hoffman seem to have created a fully-formed character that won’t need to lean on Hubbard’s own character too much. That said, Hoffman states in egotistical terms that Hubbard would have found familiar, “I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, a theoretical philosopher. But above all, I am a man—hopelessly inquisitive man just like you.”
One thing seems quite clear at this stage in “The Master” trailer circus: Phoenix looks like he might have some awards coming his way for the role.
And just for shits and giggles, watch the first 1/3 of a filmed interview with L. Ron Hubbard below where the man expounds on philosophers in ivory towers, his studies of the various races (including the “white race”), the “rules of logic and scientific approach,” man in primitive states, and the “common denominator” of human existence.