Josh Brolin Talks OLDBOY, How He Prepares for a Role, Working with Paul Thomas Anderson on INHERENT VICE, and More

     November 27, 2013


Now playing in theaters is Spike Lee’s Oldboy.  As most of you know, it’s a remake of the acclaimed Korean film by Park Chan-Wook, which was inspired by the Japanese graphic novel by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi.  Lee’s film follows the downward spiral and unfathomable experience of Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin), who, one drunken night, is kidnapped and imprisoned in a bizarre hotel without any idea of his captor’s identity or motive.  When he’s inexplicably released 20 years later, Doucett embarks on a quest to find out who orchestrated his punishment and why.  The thriller also stars Elizabeth OlsenSharlto Copley, Samuel L. JacksonMichael Imperioli, Lance Reddick, James Ransone, and Rami Malek.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Brolin.  While I normally sit down with the person I’m interviewing and ask them a few questions, as soon as I entered the room, Brolin said he had a few questions for me.  As you’ll see in the video, we went back and forth on what I thought of the film, what does the remake offer those that know the original version, how he prepares for a role, and he also talks about what it was like to work for Paul Thomas Anderson on Inherent Vice.  Hit the jump to watch.

Josh Brolin:

  • We talk back and forth about my thoughts on the film and what he heard from other people.
  • For people that have seen the original movie, what will their remake offer those that know the story?
  • How does he prepare for a role?  Talks about the great directors he’s worked with.
  • What was it like to work for Paul Thomas Anderson on Inherent Vice?  Also talks about how he was cast.


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  • ISeemToBeAVerb

    Going to see Oldboy tomorrow. But I can hardly wait to see Inherent Vice! As a fan of Pynchon and PTA both that’s going to be a little bit of heaven!

  • Elitist Prick

    I always enjoy Josh Brolin interviews, but I particularly enjoyed the interaction at the beginning of the video. It seemed like a really genuine discussion on the merits of the film and the role the media plays in promoting movies. Thanks so much for including it! Fascinating.

  • David

    Hey Frosty, are you excited for Inherent Vice because of the talent involved, or because you enjoyed the book? Or both? Personally, hated the book, but I’m still stoked for the film.


  • TigerFIST

    That’s what’s up. People really respect your opinion. I’ve seen the original. Ruff ruff I’m dour puppy dog lol. Haven’t seen the remake yet. This weekend!