|16. DMITRI |
Film: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
He looks like the villain of a melodrama – moustache-twirling, cane-sporting – who got really into a biography of Dali. He acts like a particularly spoilt 8 year-old. And he’s so foppish that even an 18th century dandy would advise him to butch up a bit, dude, seriously. There’s much to love in Brody’s baddie, in other words, as he skirts the edge of tantrum in his quest to keep his grubby hands on the entirety of his late mother’s fortune. That he is backed up by three black-clad, utterly silent sisters straight out of The Addams Family only adds to his sense of weirdness.
|15. CHAS TENENBAUM |
Film: The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Even by the standards of the Tenenbaum family, Chas is neurotic. To call him highly strung would be unfair to violins, in fact, since he’s hiding a lifetime of anger, abandonment and grief beneath his red tracksuit and referee’s whistle. “I wasn’t worried about trying to make it funny,” said Stiller of the role. “I was more concerned that in every scene he’s so angry and I wanted, somehow, for people to be able to connect with him on some level. It’s about trying to understand where his anger is coming from.” By the end, of course, you do, with Chas joining the ranks of Anderson blowhards to admit their emotional weaknesses.
|14. VLADIMIR WOLODARSKY |
Film: The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)
Some might pick Latin crooner and maritime safety bod Pelé dos Santos (Seu Jorge) – and he does do a fine Portuguese ‘Queen Bitch’ – while others could single out perma-peckish frogman Bobby Ogata, but our first Life Aquatic MVP is the Belafonte’s “physicist and original score composer”, Vladimir Wolodarsky. Named after Simpsons’ writer (and Fantastic Mr. Fox cast member) Wallace Wolodarsky, he’s a former substitute teacher – true to his itinerant spirit, he never quite locked down one school to call his own – who enlisted for Team Zissou as its Casio-equipped composer and the most hapless sonar man this side of the Titanic. We love him for his shy charm and the fact that, on his upper lip at least, it’s Movember all year round.
|13. PATRICIA WHITMAN |
Film: The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
When Anjelica Huston appears in a Wes Anderson movie it’s generally to provide the voice of sweet reason amid the utter chaos caused by her families, the eye of a swirling storm of neurosis and self-destruction, and Sister Patricia is no exception. The three Brothers Whitman finally visit their mother after their reunion aboard the Darjeeling Limited goes thoroughly wrong (deadly snakes, disastrous love affairs, drug use – you name it) and she somehow provides succour for what ails them, from Francis’ suicidal depression to Peter’s ambivalence towards his impending fatherhood. This comes despite her attempts to delay their visit that include a transparently false tale of a man-eating tiger that turns out to be absolutely true. Patricia, in the end, isn’t quite so unfeeling as her air of serenity might suggest.