Josh Brolin on Working With Joaquin Phoenix in 'Inherent Vice'

The Oscar nominee plays a detective in the new surf noir comedy.
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Transcript for Josh Brolin on Working With Joaquin Phoenix in 'Inherent Vice'
We're back now with josh brolin, Oscar nominee. Part of inherent vice. He plays a scene in the film, it narrates an introduction. Like a bad luck horoscope, here's the hippy-hating mad dog detective himself. The S.A.G. Member, John Wayne walk, flat top, frintstone prorn proportions, and the evil twinkle in his eye that says civil rights violations. He joins us right now. The hair is still working there. I got a little 49 -- I run a studio right now with the Coen brothers. We're doing hail Ceasar. This is not a personal choice. You came up with the flat top. I did. He sent me a picture early on. He had a jack lord kind of idea. And I didn't like it. We saw a flat top and watched "The right stuff." It seems to work. It seems to be appropriate against Joaquin's mutton chops. He was here. How was that? It was really fun. How was that? He confessed that he was not telling the truth on Letterman when he said he was engaged. He ever on the level? I don't know. I went to a dinner after that and I said congratulations because I bought into the whole thing. I gave him a big hug and found out if wasn't true. I feel as duped as you do. He had a hard time describing the movie. I get it. Have you described the movie? You know, it kind of washes over you. Literally, it's like sitting down and taking a massive bong hit and watching "Chinatown." Like good luck. So after doing the movie did you do a massive bong hit and watch "Chinatown." I don't take bong hits. But if you do see it -- where's the camera? Take a massive bong hit and see the movie. If you allow yourself to let it go and see an amazing am mull gags of scenes and characters. It could take a year to figure out. Look when "The big lebowski" came out, it wasn't a great success. Spawned all kinds of ph.d. -- Exactly. I want to and you since you're here today. George Clooney, speaking out overnight about the whole Sony hacking incident. Caused a lot of debate in Hollywood. What do you think about it all? Because it's new, everybody wants to speak out because they want to sound like they know what they're talking about. It's new to me. To everyone. To everyone. It's orwellian to me. They were going to release it here, but not overseas. If wear not releasing the movie, are we commed by their government? You make a decision and have to live that out. What's the consequence of that decision going to be? We don't know the answer. Very unnerving. One of the best ideas I saw, find a way to have it played over there. Played over in North Korea? It's hilarious over there. It's a huge hit over there. Those are the only people watching it. They love it. With or without bong hits. With or without. Thanks for coming back. Good to see you. Inherent vice opens every on January 9th. Total liberat ?

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