We'd love to see these collaborations once more, please
Paul Thomas Anderson and Tom Cruise
Previous collaboration: “Magnolia” (1999)
Why Anderson should: As we saw only last year with Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master,” Anderson has a knack for drawing extraordinary work from difficult and/or enigmatic actors, and such was the case with Cruise’s Oscar-nominated supporting role in “Magnolia." But it would be thrilling to see him build an entire project around the impenetrable megastar, perhaps one that plays with the boundaries of Cruise’s own public and private personae. It could draw more audience attention than any PTA joint to date.
Why Cruise should: For one of Hollywood’s most enduringly magnetic stars, Cruise sure has been idling of late: the likes of “Jack Reacher” and “Knight and Day” simply aren’t challenging enough for an actor who has previously worked with Stanley Kubrick, Michael Mann and, well, Paul Thomas Anderson. “Magnolia” remains a career high for him, and reteaming with the director whose last film got many Scientologists hot under the collar would show a welcome sense of self-awareness.
- Guy Lodge