Wes Anderson’s work are fantastical, and there is much behind these works which is unknown to many. However, the screenwriter and director have decided to allow people to take a peak at these stories in “The Wes Anderson Collection” by Matt Zoller Seitz. Some extracts from this book were posted in an article for a magazine, which revealed long hidden secrets from “The Royal Tenenbaums”, “Rushmore” and more.
It is revealed that “Bottle Rocket” although was a short, this was never actually intended. Although it was going to be the initial part of a feature, it turned out to be such a disaster, it was never continued.
“We didn’t get into Sundance. We didn’t get into Telluride. We didn’t get into New York. Once we screened the movie for an audience and 85 people walked out, we knew the coach was about to turn back into a pumpkin.”
However, after it was released in 1994, the feature was also released a couple of years after.
Maurice Ravel’s ‘String Quartet in F Major’ also inspired the movie “The Royal Tenenbaums”, which was set in the 1960s, but despite this, Anderson writing Gene Hackman’s role in this movie was not appreciated.
“I don’t like it when people write for me, because you don’t know me, and I don’t want what you think is me.”
One of Bill Murray’s films that help to firm up his career was “Rushmore”. Despite this being one of the better parts of his career, he was paid very little for his role in this, at $9.000. Not only was this a tiny sum, but he was also happy to pay even more than that, to aid the production of the film. It’s said that because Disney wouldn’t pay for a helicopter to be used, Anderson still has an uncashed check from Murray for $25,000 which he gave Anderson to pay for the helicopter.
The relationship of one of Anderson’s writing partner, Owen Wilson was also revealed. It wasn’t until they acted together, did they actually become friends.
“We were signing up for classes and he started asking me to help him figure out what he should do, as if we knew each other. As if we had ever spoken before or knew each other’s names. I almost feel like he was taking it for granted that if we didn’t know each other yet, soon we would.”