Boogie Nights commentary: Paul Thomas Anderson on his pal, John C. Reilly

“I’ve known Reilly a long time. John C. Reilly is, umm, I’d sa-yea probably one of my favorite actors, definitely one of my favorite actors. But, certainly number 1 on the scale of making me fucking laugh. I’m sorry but, there’s no one, there’s no one that makes me break down crying, falling on the floor thinking I’m gonna throw up laughing.

boogie-nights-1080-3-e1347498016871And every little thing he does makes me laugh. It’s kind of criminal…it drives Dylan my editor nuts, even though Dylan loves him…I just can’t see the forest for the trees with John Reilly. Maybe he sucks in this movie, I don’t know. And I don’t know, maybe he’ll suck in the next movie but it’s all good to me, and I just can’t get enough of him. I can stare at that fucking face all day long. God, he-he’s just so good, and he just, he just has so much to bring to the movie and so much-it’s so great to be around him and have him as a friend because so much that we do and we joke around about and have as little sort of interesting things to us, just ends up in the movie. I mean all this stuff, all this fuckin’ stuff, this whole conversation making the margarita is me and Reilly just fuckin’ around one summer. And the stuff in the pool, it’s all just me and Reilly, just me and him.

CASWAR-CTIT-03Casualties of War (1989) Dir: Brian De Palma

I met him because he was one of my favorite actors. I saw him in Casualties of War in 19-when I was 17 years old, and it was his first movie, I said ‘that’s my guy,’ that is the fucking guy. And then followed every movie that he made since then and wrote Sydney for him before I knew him personally- and was able through the Sundance lab and going there with the movie, get the script to him through his agent, you know, and uh, you know, to me it’s like, I dunno, maybe someone else would wanna meet, ya know, Robert De Niro or Tom Hanks or something, I wanted to meet John C. fuckin’ Reilly…and have him be my best friend and in every one of my movies, and now I have it.”

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