A striking portrait of drifters and seekers in post World War II America, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master unfolds the journey of a Naval veteran, Freddie, who arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader, Lancaster Dodd, and his wife Peggy.
Amy Adams is portraying Peggy Dodd, the seemingly demure but steely wife of The Cause’s leader, Lancaster Dodd.
Director Paul Thomas Anderson about Amy Adams:
“Amy can do no wrong by me. I’ve felt that way from Catch Me if You Can to Enchanted to The Fighter. She’s one of our new greats. Phil has worked with her multiple times and enjoyed her very much, so it was a simple choice. Again, I’m very happy she said yes.”
Producer JoAnne Sellar on Amy’s performance:
“Amy plays Peggy Dodd as a kind of Lady Macbeth. She’s the story’s true believer.”
Peggy Dodd: This is pointless. He isn’t interested in getting better.
Peggy Dodd: This is something you do for a billion years or not at all. This isn’t fashion.
Peggy Dodd: And this is where we are at. At the lowest level. To have to explain ourselves, for what? For what we do, we have to grovel? The only way to defend ourselves is to attack. If we don’t do that we will lose every battle that we are engaged in. We will *never* dominate our environment the way we should unless we attack! And the city, city’s just noise. I know the city. I know its rotten secrets, its filthy lies and secrets. They… invited us here and welcomed us. Only to throw us down. And kick us out. It’s a grim joke.
• All the three main actors received Oscar nominations (Best Supporting Actress – Amy Adams, Best Actor – Joaquin Phoenix, Best Supporting Actor – Philip Seymour Hoffman) for their roles.
• Amy Adams also received Golden Globe- and BAFTA nominations, as well as a ton of other awards.
“Adams deserves serious award attention for the subtle authority she brings to this so-called dutiful wife. As for the startling intimacy when Dodd, alone with Freddie, sings sweetly, “I’d love to get you/On a slow boat to China/All to myself alone” – yikes!” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“In the one female part of any size, Adams at first appears restricted by the subordinate status of obedient wife who dutifully sits on the sidelines. But she notices everything and always steps in (including in a most unexpected stress-reducing husband-wife sex interlude) with crucial contributions when she needs to. Adams underplays it all to strong effect.” – Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
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