“That is the song that I need to hear to make me happy again,” the director told an Australian interviewer. “That song makes me so happy when I hear it.” Raise your hand if you are currently imagining an alternate ending to The Master in which Philip Seymour Hoffman sings Carly Rae instead of “Slow Boat to China,” then dances into the sunset with Joaquin. Hey, us too.
Director/writer Paul Thomas Anderson attends “The Master” Photocall during the 69th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo del Casino on September 1, 2012 in Venice, Italy. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/2012 Getty Images