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Actor + Director | 40 Great Collaborations In Movies
40. Bill Murray & Wes Anderson   View Complete List Back Page 40/40

Wes Anderson
Bill Murray

Best Film
The Royal Tenenbaums. So� many� funny� famous people� With an assembled cast that could possibly make you actually, genuinely die with laughter, this odd little tale of unhappy families is Anderson's finest, wisest, wittiest work.
Notable Pairings
Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox

What's The Secret Of Their Success?
If you're going to work with Bill Murray, you need a sense of humour. In a good way. And if you're going to work with Wes Anderson, you need that very same sense of humour. Fortunately for the two of them, and the rest of us, they do. And because they share a similar love of deadpan humour, nostalgia, rejection and awkward, bizarre families, Anderson's particular brand of dry humour and flawed characters just doesn't seem to work without Murray in the picture (except arguably for Bottle Rocket). They're peas in a very cramped, unstable, quirky pod, and goshdarn does it work.

Were They As Good With Anyone Else?
For Anderson, that's a resounding no, as the only film not containing a portion of Bill Murray goodness was Bottle Rocket, which though it has its moments, pales in comparison to his later work. But for Murray, there's Groundhog Day. And Groundhog Day. And Groundhog Day. And Groundhog Day (and Ghostbusters).

40. Bill Murray & Wes Anderson   View Complete List Back Page 40/40

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