Yesterday it was reported that Paul Thomas Anderson wants to adapt Thomas Pynchon’s recent psychedelic detective novel, Inherent Vice, for the big screen. Well, today rumors are floating around that none other than Robert Downey Jr, the perfect choice to play a Pynchonian stoned sixties crime-solver named Doc Sportello, has been tapped to play just that role.
I’m still disappointed that the Anderson Scientology-based movie got nixed, but if this idea comes to fruition, it would more than make up for it. To get yourself psyched up, I recommend re-watching Downey’s previous turn as an unlikely party-boy actor turned self-appointed detective in the wildly underrated Kiss KIss Bang Bang. See the scene below for further proof.