I was working as a messenger in LA at the time and I would do coke all day long and run around. I swear Goodfellas accurately portrayed what that feels like. There’s one shot in that Boogie Nights sequence that I really feel good about, when Heather Graham snorts a line of coke and the focus shifts from the mirror to the coke to her and it’s blurry for half a second; it’s a very quick shot, then it whips over to Julianne Moore and then Heather brings her head up. That’s the one shot where I can go, yeah, that’s what it was like to my eye. If you’ve ever leaned down to do a line, it’s a really odd moment where you feel gross about what you’re doing but you’re in this panic and frenzy. You’re so close to something your eye is trying to adjust. It’s this weird, blurry feeling.
Paul Thomas Anderson on Boogie Nights and cocaine.