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[Movies] Bill Murray Talks About His Work In The Grand Budapest Hotel
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.14.2014

In an interview with Coming Soon, Bill Murray spoke about his work on Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, which will be released in select theaters on March 7. Here are highlights:

On how long he worked on set: "I was only there a couple of weeks, but we laughed about it yesterday, like "Why do people work with Wes?" I say, "Well, it's long hours and little pay," and that's sort of true, but you get this great experience of going to these places. Then he was like, "No, wait a second. You worked in India," and it's true, on "The Darjeeling Limited," I was supposed to have three days of work, which I got done in a day and a half, then I was supposed to work one other day and I did, and it was 45 minutes, but I got to go to India twice and spend a month in India just hanging around for these couple of days of work. So you get a great experience. You get to see and do things."

On how he collaborates with Anderson: "Well, I think when people first work with him, he really wants it in a certain way, and he's heard it in his head a certain way. He'll say to someone, "Great, fine. Now, say it like this," which most actors don't like it like that. For myself, I have a problem with obedience probably (laughter), but I've learned, "Okay I sort of know now the pitch of it. How you say the lines, you don't have to say them exactly like he does, but you've got to have the sort of clarity in your head so you're not dragging it down." It's got to be able to stay up there. It's got to bounce up there, so there's more room for your interpretation than people think at first. Usually, people want to gravel it up a little bit, but it's not that way. It's got to really bounce. It's got to pop along because the script's really moving. People are talking fast. Most people, when they talk fast, they get flat. They don't have a lot of movement up high in the higher, when it gets going quickly."

On almost retiring after Broken Flowers: "Well, I thought some other career path would open for me. (laughter) I really did. I really thought I can't do any better than that. It was a perfectly-written film. I acted as well as I've acted. It was edited perfectly. I thought it was just a beautiful film and I can't do any better than that. I can't do any better. I thought, "Okay, maybe this is time to stop and figure out something else to do." I retired again and I thought something would show up, like, organic gardening, something, you know? It didn't happen. Nothing happened. It was, I don't know, six months or nine months, a year or something like that. I went, 'Hrm.'"


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