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The Greatest Wes Anderson Characters
We profile the eccentric population of the most stylish films around

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16. DMITRI

Adrien Brody - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Film: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Played by: Adrien Brody

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

Ben Stiller - The Royal Tenenbaums

Film: The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Played by: Ben Stiller

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

Noah Taylor - The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

Film: The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)
Played by: Noah Taylor

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

Angelica Huston, The Darjeeling Limited

Film: The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
Actor: Anjelica Huston

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.
 

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Great list, and I'd say that the top three are pretty spot on, but no Pagoda? For shame... More

Posted by thejonner on Sunday March 9, 2014, 18:15

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Great list, and I'd say that the top three are pretty spot on, but no Pagoda? For shame... More

Posted by thejonner on Sunday March 9, 2014, 18:15

3 Slightly unfair on bottle rocket!
Yeh Dignan was a suprising omission to me too, I really dug bottle rocket, probably the one most rooted in reality but no less whimsical, witty or emotive. The reviewer seems not to feel this way, fair enough, it's a game of opinions! but to say " leaving bottle rocket aside" is "fairly easily done" seems a tad harsh! Thanks for ponting out Castello Cavalcanti mind, not seen this before. More

Posted by iainwilson87 on Sunday March 9, 2014, 11:14

4 Terrible Omission!
Where is one of my favourite Wes creations?! Dignan!!!!!! So hilariously funny. Particularly surprised you chose another character from this film to include in your list. Thanks for great list anyway More

Posted by GocartMozart on Saturday March 8, 2014, 10:53

5 Terrible Omission!
Where is one of my favourite Wes creations?! Dignan!!!!!! So hilariously funny. Particularly surprised you chose another character from this film to include in your list. Thanks for great list anyway More

Posted by GocartMozart on Saturday March 8, 2014, 10:53

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Max Fisher at number 3? are you out of your mind! He the best character to come out of Wes Anderson weirdly creative head! More

Posted by Darren47 on Friday March 7, 2014, 18:19


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