Thomas Pynchon Makes a Rare Cameo in 'Inherent Vice'

September 26, 2014

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In news that is doubtlessly freaking out Thomas Pynchon, The New York Times has revealed that the brilliant and famously reclusive author likely makes a rare, not-animated-in-a-paper-bag cameo in the adaptation of his Inherent Vice.

Speaking to the paper, director Paul Thomas Anderson was pretty cagey when confronted about the appearance, reportedly staying conspicuously silent before finally saying, "I'm staying out of it!" He added, "Somebody spent a long time deciding not to have themselves out there. There's a reason for that. So I'm just going to step out of that."

Josh Brolin, who definitely appears in the film, apparently gave it up, though:

"I don't think anybody knew" Mr. Pynchon was on the set, Mr. Brolin said, confirming the cameo. "He came on as the kind of mercurial iconoclast he is. He stayed in the corner."

So if you want to get a look at who wrote Gravity's Rainbow: eyes in the corners, guys. He'll be a pretty old fella.

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