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Paul Thomas Anderson Gets Benicio del Toro for 'Inherent Vice'

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In a move that could extend his drug-fueled legal practice beyond the hazy confines of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Benicio del Toro is in talks to play attorney to a pot-smoking detective in Inherent Vice. Paul Thomas Anderson is adapting and directing the Thomas Pynchon novel, and Joaquin Phoenix is attached to make re-team with his The Master director in the lead role. He's playing oft-stoned P.I. Doc Sportello, on the case to find a kidnapped girl. TheWrap says Del Toro's attorney role sees him offering legal counsel despite his not being a criminal lawyer; it's apparently a small part but "expected to be a potential scene-stealer." Degree of scene stolen will likely depend on where Philip Seymour Hoffman is inevitably given clearance to weep and/or shout.

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