Jason Schwartzman On 'The Grand Budapest Hotel,' Wes Anderson, Jeff Goldblum
Jason Schwartzman appears in a supporting role in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. The film stars Ralph Fiennes as Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel who is framed for the murder of an elderly lover. "I do feel like Wes hears things and sees things in our lives, in the real world that people do kind of miss," Schwartzman told uInterview in an exclusive video interview.
Many of those oddities are on full display with Fiennes' character, Gustave H. "He is like the ultimate concierge, he prides himself on making everything for the people that he services, and his life is devoted to making things elegant," Schwartzman told uInterview.
Schwartzman, the son of Talia Shire, a member of the famed Coppola family, began his acting career with Anderson in the 1998 feature film Rushmore. Schwartzman has since gained fame for his quirky roles in I Heart Huckabees, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, as well as the voice of Ash Fox in the animated film Fantastic Mr. Fox. Schwartzman also played Cousin Ben in Anderson's critically acclaimed Moonrise Kingdom, which won the American Film Institute's Award for Movie of the Year in 2012.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is currently playing in theaters.
Wes’s movies – they’re epic in many ways but they’re focused on very small worlds and relatively easy things to miss, and they’re invented, in these worlds many times. And I do feel like Wes hears things and sees things in our lives, in the real world that people do kind of miss, and he finds them funny, like especially when people say things maybe incorrectly or words come out oddly. You just kind of keep going, but i think Wes is tuned to that kind of stuff and makes movies that approach the world from that angle maybe or slightly slanted, you know? And I think that’s why they’re so funny.
Well, Gustav H. is played by Ralph Fiennes, and he is the concierge for Grand Budapest Hotel, which is a hotel that is you know, one of the greatest in the world. Certainly one of the finest and most elegant facilities, you know, in the universe in this film and he is like the ultimate concierge. He prides himself on making everything for the people that he services and his life is devoted to making things elegant and clean and easy for people and he takes great care of the people that stay at the hotel, and one of the people who he takes care of is played by Tilda Swinton who - she looks amazing. She has all this old make up on. She's playing a much older woman. She passes away and leaves to Gustav H. a very, very rare and valuable piece of art, and many of the people in her family are horrified and very angry that Gustav H. has inherited this from her. And they seek to take it away from him, and he goes on the run with a boy named Zero played by Tony Revolori. Zero is a concierge apprentice to Gustav and really becomes and action adventure movie, and it's a beautiful movie and their relationship is great too because he sort of teaching him about the ways of the world especially from another time when there were concierges like that and things were handled with care.
Well, I think that Wes goes out of his way to make sure all the actors are comfortable and are in contact with each other on a standard movie set, and this is totally fine, but on a standard movie set actors tend to go off in their own world whether it'd be a trailer or one actor would be staying in this place at an apartment here, and one would be staying in a hotel and they're very disconnected. Wes doesn't like that feeling as much, and so he goes to great lengths to get everyone to live together and makes it very nice for the actors, and in this case all the actors live together in one hotel - a small small hotel in the town of Gorlitz, Germany. And we all lived together we all ate together all of our meals were together, and a great memory of mine is on a day off waking up and leaving my hotel room, not knowing what I was going to do with my day and standing in the lobby of this small hotel was Jeff Goldblum, who is in the movie. I don't have any scenes with him, but anyway, he was there and he asked me what I was doing and I didn't know him at all, and we ended up spending the entire day together. We had breakfast lunch and a light dinner. He told me about acting, his favorite director he's worked with, characters he's always wanted to play, he gave me tips on acting. It was a great beautiful memory and something that never would have probably happened on a typical movie set, so these kind of chance encounters are facilitated.