Who is Tom Waits in Licorice Pizza as excited fans dissect PTA trailer?

Mafalda Costa September 28, 2021
Who is Tom Waits in Licorice Pizza as excited fans dissect PTA trailer?

Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film Licorice Pizza is a coming-of-age period piece set in the Seventies. The upcoming film has a cast full of heavy hitters, including Tom Waits. Here’s what fans are saying.

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Tom Waits stars in Licorice Pizza

Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film Licorice Pizza is a coming-of-age period piece set in the Seventies.

The movie revolves around Alana Haim, the youngest of the HAIM sisters, and Cooper Hoffman, the son of PTA’s late collaborator Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Licorice Pizza has a cast full of heavy hitters, including Tom Waits.

The gravel-voiced singer appears in the trailer as a cigar-smoking, bottle-throwing movie director who isn’t afraid to be loud.

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The trailer also features Bradley Cooper, Sean Penn, Benny Safdie, and PTA’s wife Maya Rudolph.

Apparently the cast of Licorice Pizza also includes Ben Stiller, John C Reilly and Christopher Walken, although none of their names appear in the trailer or on the poster.

What has Tom Waits been up to?

A singer-songwriter, composer and actor, Waits has a distinctive voice – described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding “like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months and then taken outside and run over with a car”.

The 71-year-old, who launched his career in the Seventies, released his latest album, Bad As Me, in 2011.

Throughout his career, Waits has frequently appeared in movies and TV.

Most recently he appeared as Waller in The Old Man & The Gun, Prospector in The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, and Hermit Bob in The Dead Don’t Die.

He is also the narrator on Ultra City Smiths.

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Let’s just say fans are excited

After more than four decades as a successful musician and actor, Waits has garnered a fair share of followers.

Here’s what fans are saying:

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Mafalda Costa is a second year BA Journalism student originally from Portugal. Her main passions if life are music, arts and culture, while she's particularly knowledgable on cinema and anime.