Another dropped scene was one that took place in San Francisco which sees Joaquin Phoenix as a sailor running to catch up to his ship. The Master of course hits SF’s Castro Theater later tonight — we got one last week for Chicago.
Director Paul Thomas Anderson recently revealed that Hoffman’s character, Lancaster Dodd, is indeed inspired by Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard, but
I didn’t want it to be a biography. It’s not the L. Ron Hubbard story. That was a hook you could hang your hat on… [But] I was naive. I should have known that’s what people would latch onto. I’m much more defensive and protective of [Scientology] than I would have thought.
If you’re as eagerly awaiting The Master as many people are, you’ll definitely want to check it out the Newsweek article. The film reportedly follows a charismatic leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who creates a new religion in the 1950s and his main disciple (Phoenix), an alcoholic drifter named Freddie Sutton who becomes Dodd’s closest follower, only to later break away from his teachings.
Meanwhile, take a look at troubled WWII vet Freddie (Phoenix) racing around a pier claiming that he ‘lost’ his ship.
The Master opens in 70mm nationwide on September 14th, 2012.
Source: The Film Stage