Apparently, though we don't recommend trying any of Freddie's cocktail recipes at home. Anderson took inspiration for an early scene of Freddie draining and drinking torpedo fuel from a story Jason Robards told him while working together on "Magnolia." "I don't remember what boat he was on, but he was coming back, and V-J Day was announced, and they'd run out of booze. And they broke into the torpedoes and drank the booze out of there. And the way he tells it is he woke up the next morning on the mast of the ship and an inch either way he would have fallen to his death. And that story just stuck with me as a great story and something to get into a film." -- Anderson to NPR's "Fresh Air"
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