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Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe Interview: On ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and the Wes Anderson “Brotherhood”

“Real, deep, soulful, transcendental, enjoyable brotherhood in this wonderland of a town …” That’s how Jeff Goldblum describes Wes Anderson‘s latest film, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel.’

The film is sort of an unofficial who’s-who guide to Wes Anderson movies. Goldblum and Willem Dafoe, for example, were re-enlisted by the acclaimed indie director (after starring in ‘The Life Aquatic’ and ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox,’ respectively) to join a cast that includes Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton and Anderson newcomers like Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori and Saoirse Ronan.

We had a chance to sit down with Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe to talk about working in a “wonderland of a town” for ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ being part of the Wes Anderson “brotherhood,” and bringing a dark edge to the humorous caper adventure.

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ tells the story of Gustave (Fiennes), the famed concierge of Hotel Budapest, as told through the eyes of his pupil, lobby boy Zero (Revolori). After the death of Gustave’s rich mistress, he inherits a priceless painting, which sets into motion events that lead the duo on the run from police and the woman’s greedy son. Goldblum takes the role of the lawyer, who’s in charge of dividing up the deceased woman’s assets, while Dafoe portrays the son’s street-tough enforcer.

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ hits theaters Friday, March 7.

next: watch our interview with Tony Revolori + Saoirse Ronan

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