The Masters: 30 Best Paul Thomas Anderson Actors

From 'Hard Eight' to 'Inherent Vice,' we've ranked the MVPs of PTA's movies

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16. Josh Brolin

As Bigfoot, the Dirty Harry-like cop who proves to be an unwelcome foil for our hero in Inherent Vice, Brolin is an unnerving blend of menace and hilarity. Yes, he's an aggressive beast who's fond of trampling the law, but he also gets some of the film's funniest lines ("Molto pan-a-cake-u!"). Bigfoot isn't just a character; he's a force of nature, consuming Japanese pancakes, frozen chocolate-covered bananas, scotch, bags of weed, you name it. In Vice's vision of Nixon's America, he comes to embody the cross-section between law and order at all costs and our need for unbridled consumption. The fact that Brolin can pull off a character with such heavy symbolic import and still make him curiously touching is nothing short of a miracle.

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