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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Martin Short

29. Martin Short

Short doesn't do all that much in Inherent Vice – except play a sexed-up, coked-up, insanely corrupt dentist. But this human whirlwind brings such a joyous comedic energy to the part that we had to include him here. Also, his funny performance hints at Anderson's strategy for this adaptation —  incorporate a lot of physical humor to balance out all the talking. (Not for nothing has the director mentioned The Naked Gun's Zucker brothers as being a big influence on the film.) In that regard, Short is one of his most effective weapons here.

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