Hidden Details & Behind-the-Scenes Facts About Wes Anderson Films

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If you’re a fan of Wes Anderson, you know there’s a lot going on in his movies — both on and off screen.

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Here are some things you might not know about his films:


As of early 2022, Anderson has directed 10 feature films.

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They are:

bottle rocket (1996)

Rushmore (1998)

Royal Teenenbombs (2001)

Aquatic Life with Steve Zissou (2004)

Darjeeling Ltd. (2007)

Fabulous Mr. Fox (2009)

Sunrise Kingdom (2012)

Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Dog Island (2018)

French Dispatch (2021)


Of those ten films, seven include slow-motion scenes.

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The only ones who aren’t bottle rocket And his two movies stopped moving, Fabulous Mr. Fox And Dog Island.


Two of Anderson’s films have narrators.

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Narrated by Alec Baldwin Royal TeenenbombsNarrated by Bob Balaban Sunrise Kingdom.


Anderson tends to work with the same people over and over again.


The same goes for fashion designers.

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Karen Flack worked as a costume designer on his first three films, and Melina Canonero worked on the rest of the live-action films, Minus. Sunrise Kingdom.


There’s also a reason that many of Anderson’s films have such a distinct voice.

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Alexandre Deblatt has recorded each of them since then Fabulous Mr. Foxrecording Anderson’s next movie, asteroid cityalso.


All but four of Anderson’s films also feature a director.

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Douglas Abel cast every movie except bottle rocketAnd RushmoreAnd The Darjeeling Ltd.And Fabulous Mr. Fox.


Anderson’s films have received 15 Academy Award nominations and 4 awards in the past 20 years.

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Royal TeenenbombsAnd Fabulous Mr. FoxAnd Sunrise KingdomAnd Grand Budapest HotelAnd Dog Island They were all nominated, and Grand Budapest Hotel It won Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score and Best Production Design.


Wes Anderson and his permanent collaborator, Owen Wilson, he met 1989 at the University of Texas.

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They released a short called bottle rocket Together in 1994.


In 1996, they released the full version of this short film, also called bottle rocket.

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It was Anderson’s first feature film.


All three of the Wilson brothers – Owen, Luke and Andrew – participated in the first three of Anderson’s films.

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While they all had roles in bottle rocket And Royal TeenenbombsOwen stuck to co-writing instead of acting Rushmore.


at RushmoreRosemary is romantically linked to two Wilson brothers.

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Owen Wilson appeared in the photos as Rosemary’s late husband and Luke Wilson plays her boyfriend Peter.


according to Rushmore DVD Commentary, Wes Anderson originally portrayed someone as Noah Taylor – “Young Mick Jagger [with] That look a little undercooked ”- for the role of Max Fisher.

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While the role eventually went to Jason Schwartzman, Taylor ended up working with Anderson on Aquatic Life with Steve Zissou.


Jason Schwartzman auditioned for Rushmore He wears a middle school jacket with a DIY Rushmore Academy patch.

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Max Fisher ended up being his first-ever role.


Other than being a teenager, Jason already had a few things in common with Max.

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in the appearance of the day I heard with Evan SmithSchwartzman revealed that, like Max, when he was in high school he wrote a play and loved an older woman.


Rushmore It was also technically Gilmore Girls Alexis Bledel also starred in the first role.

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She was an extra unrecognized, and appeared as a student at Grover Cleveland High School.


Although not nominated, Rushmore It was included in the 1999 MTV Movie Awards.

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In a series of promotions leading up to the awards show, Max Fisher Players has reinvented it out of sightAnd Truman ShowAnd disaster.


at Royal Teenenbombsthe hand you see inside of BB is actually Andrew Wilson’s hand.

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His brother Owen shot him when they were children.


The glasses that Anjelica Huston wears Royal Teenenbombs It belongs to Anderson’s mother.

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His mother also went to work in archeology as a divorcee.


Cigarettes are smoked in Margot Royal Teenenbombs She is Sweet Aftons, an Irish brand that discontinued about 10 years ago.

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If you meager masks Like, you may have also noticed that Thomas Shelby smokes it.


Cate Blanchett was really pregnant during that Aquatic Life with Steve Zissou.

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She wore a fake stomach in some of her scenes, but in other scenes we see her actual pregnant belly.


Henry Selick, Director The Nightmare Before Christmas، Animation of sea creatures in motion Aquatic Life with Steve Zissou.


David Bowie was a fan of the covers Seu Jorge made for his music Aquatic Life with Steve Zissou.

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“Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs in Portuguese, I would never have heard this new level of beauty he imbued them with,” Bowie commented in the film’s audio line notes.


Aquatic Life with Steve Zissou It was heavily inspired by the life of Jacques Cousteau, one of Anderson’s childhood heroes.

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You can also watch Max read one of Cousteau’s books, Diving for sunken treasureat Rushmore.


Natalie Portman went to India to spend 30 minutes shooting what ended up being 10 seconds Darjeeling Ltd..

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It was technically revenge for her role as Rhett Chevalier . Hotela 13-minute short film that served as a prelude to a feature film.


Kara Hayward was a fan of Anderson before the tournament Sunrise Kingdom.

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I told rotten tomatoes It was her favorite from his movies Darjeeling Ltd.


None of the real books Suzy can be seen reading in the movie.

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Hayward also told Rotten Tomatoes: “The covers were designed by different artists and they are so talented; so amazing the way they did it. But no, those were fake books. I wanted to read them.”


Hayward and Jared Gilman, who played Sam Sunrise KingdomKeep souvenirs from the collection.

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Bring home Sam’s bag, and it’s Bring home Kitten Susie.


at Fabulous Mr. FoxThe hair used for human dolls is real human hair.


Dialogue about Fabulous Mr. Fox It was recorded outdoors.

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Anderson said in 2009 Vanity Fair: “We went to a farm in Connecticut, and it was a really fun way to do it…for scenes that were outside, we did it outside, by a river or in the woods. We went to different places that corresponded with what’s in the scene.”


hotel staff at Grand Budapest Hotel I played Mostly by actual local hospitality workers.

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The owner of the Hotel Börse appeared in Görlitz, where much of the movie was shot (and where the actors and crew stayed), as extra work at the front desk.


Fur used for dolls in Dog Island It was made of Alpaca and merino wool.

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in an hour and 41 minutes, Dog Island It is one of the longest running stop-motion movies of all time.

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It also took longer to produce – while the rest of Anderson’s films came out within 2-3 years of each other, Dog Island He was not released until four years after his previous film.


Zeffirelli’s role in French Dispatch Written specifically for Timothée Chalamet.

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Wes Anderson said: GQ“I’ve never felt bothered thinking of anyone else for this role even for a second.”


French Dispatch It is the third film by Timothée Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan together in less than four years.

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They already starred in each other in 2017 Lady Bird and 2019 little Women.


Wes Anderson Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum and Jeffrey Wright will appear in his next movie, asteroid city.

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Meanwhile, the film will see Tom Hanks, Margot Robbie, Scarlett Johansson, Hope Davis and Matt Dillon debut in the Wes Anderson Cinematic Universe.

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