Joaquin Phoenix is amazingly deranged and sparky in the first trailer for The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson's troubled-but-fascinating movie that's at least loosely based on Scientology. You can already see from this brief teaser that Phoenix's character is going to have impulse control issues as well as a flawed memory. (Although Jeremy Renner still might have been pretty amazing in the lead role.) This teaser doesn't, however, give us a look at Philip Seymour Hoffman's L. Ron Hubbard-inspired cult leader character. You can read our thoughts on a script draft of this movie here.
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