Bill Murray Interview For Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’
‘Moonrise Kingdom’ is the new movie directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rushmore). Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff, Captain Sharp. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader, Scout Master Ward. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bishop. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban; and introduces Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as Sam and Suzy, the boy and girl. Released on May 25th, ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ marks Wes Anderson’s first live-action film since 2007′s ‘The Darjeeling Limited.’ Check out what Bill Murray had to say about the film in a quick interview below.
How was it joining this ensemble, working with Wes Anderson again?
Bill Murray: I don’t really get any other work than through Wes (laughs), I just sit by the phone. But really, the making of these films has just become more of a fun adventure. I’m just delighted, I’ve known Wes for a pretty long time and I’m just so happy that he just gets better. And the people he brings in, like Tilda Swinton, she’s just a monstrous actress. It was so much fun to have her in there. And Bruce Willis, he’s a real serious-crazy movie star. Him playing the part of the town cop in a one-car town, it was fun. It really does pay off because he has that heroic, ‘Die Hard’ moment at the end of this silly little kids film. And when I saw it, it was one of the biggest laughs of any film I’ve ever been in, it really made me laugh so hard. And it really wouldn’t have worked if he hadn’t had done it. Maybe we could have got whatshisname, the Muscles from Brussels, but it wouldn’t have been the same, you know (laughs)?
Wes Anderson has sort of created a family of actors he works with over the years, with you being one of the heads of the family. In this film you’ve got a couple of actors new to that family?
Bill Murray: Yeah. With Tilda Swinton, she’s a very good actress. I’ve worked with her a couple of times. She’s tall, she’s Scottish, she’s pretty, and she can do whatever she likes. She’s a really good actress. I really hate to sound like I like her, but I do. She’s in ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ she makes a lot of trouble in this – which is one of the reasons I like her. Frances McDormand, she was the lady who the police officer in ‘Fargo,’ she’s funny, she’s great. She plays Mrs. Bishop, my wife in the film. Edward Norton, he does a lot of psycho work, he’s in here playing against type. Bruce Willis is playing a police man, type cast I guess, he’s type cast. Then there’s a whole lot of scouts, hundreds of them!
You and Wes have a great partnership and working relationship?
Bill Murray: Well, working with a director a couple of times is a real pleasure; it’s an honour to be asked back, you know? Because sometimes when you work with a director, you know that not only you may never see them again, sometimes you hope you’ll never see them again – and that goes for the director as well; they can’t wait for you to leave, they drive you to the airport to make sure you leave town. That happens! But with Wes I have never gotten a ride to the airport, and like it, I don’t need a ride to the airport, I can get there (laughs). It’s great to come to the job and know that.…you know, we’re sort of here to serve, that’s what we are here to do and we have sort of proven to each other that we are going to work hard. There’s no question now that we are going to work hard. These are what I call ‘art films’, they are films where you work very very long hours, for no money (laughs). And all we get is a trip to the Cannes Film Festival, that’s it, there’s no money involved, it’s all are own clothes. But, fortunately we‘ve saved from other jobs we’ve worked on, so we can work with Wes over and over again. It’s nice to serve, it’s great to come and say, “What do you want me to do? How would you like me to do it?” And if you can bring more than what is there, which is what we all shoot for, then everyone is happy. It was a nice bunch, it’s a goofy bunch.
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