Not since the late, great Harold Ramis has Bill Murray collaborated with a director as frequently as he has Wes Anderson (of the eight feature films Anderson’s helmed, only one — his first, 1996’s Bottle Rocket — didn’t star Murray).
And the actor thrives in the unique worlds Anderson establishes both on screen and off. “He’s managed to make the making of movies a real living experience,” Murray told Esquire in 2012. “For Moonrise Kingdom, he rented a mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, and we lived in it. The editing rooms were in the mansion. And we had a great cook. You could be relaxed in your own skin, but it also meant that you could work endless, ungodly art-movie hours because there was gonna be a meal prepared for you when you’re done.”
Anderson and Murray’s latest collaboration — The Grand Budapest Hotel, an eccentric murder mystery — opens on March 7, and BuzzFeed has an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at that unique moviemaking experience.
In addition to hearing how Anderson decided to set the entire film in Germany’s small, snowy village of Gorlitz, Murray gives a hilarious tour of the town, and introduces some locals — whether they like it or not.
Correction: Wes Anderson has directed eight feature films. This post originally misstated that he directed nine feature films, including The Squid and The Whale, which Anderson only produced.