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    Here Are 38 Things You Might Not Know About Wes Anderson's Movies

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    If you're a Wes Anderson fan, you know that there's a lot going on in his films — both on and offscreen.

    Wes Anderson attends the "The French Dispatch" Italian preview photocall

    Here are some things you might not know about his movies:

    1. As of early 2022, Anderson has directed 10 feature films.

    2. Of those 10 films, seven include his signature slow-motion scenes.

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    The only ones that don't are Bottle Rocket and his two stop-motion movies, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Isle of Dogs.

    3. Three of Anderson's movies have narrators.

    4. Anderson tends to work with the same people again and again.

    5. The same goes for costume designers.

    6. There's also a reason so many of Anderson's films have a signature sound.

    7. And all but four of Anderson's movies share a casting director too.

    8. Anderson's films have received 15 Academy Award nominations and 4 wins over the past 20 years.

    9. Wes Anderson and his frequent collaborator, Owen Wilson, met in 1989 at the University of Texas.

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    They released a short called Bottle Rocket together in 1994.

    10. In 1996, they released the full-length version of that short, also called Bottle Rocket.

    11. All three Wilson brothers — Owen, Luke, and Andrew — were involved in the first three of Anderson's movies.

    Luke Wilson, Andrew Wilson, and Owen Wilson

    12. In Rushmore, Rosemary is romantically linked to two of the Wilson brothers.

    Olivia Williams, Luke Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman in Rushmore

    13. According to the Rushmore DVD commentary, Wes Anderson originally envisioned someone like Noah Taylor — "a young Mick Jagger [with] that slightly uncooked look" — for the role of Max Fischer.

    Noah Taylor and Bill Murray in Life Aquatic

    14. Jason Schwartzman auditioned for Rushmore wearing a prep school blazer emblazoned with a DIY Rushmore Academy patch.

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    Max Fischer ended up being his first-ever role.

    15. Other than being a teenager, Jason actually had a few things in common with Max.

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    In an appearance on Overheard With Evan Smith, Schwartzman revealed that, like Max, while he was in high school he wrote a play and was in love with an older woman.

    16. Rushmore was also technically Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel's first role too.

    Alexis Bledel in Rushmore

    17. Though not nominated, Rushmore was included in the 1999 MTV Movie Awards.

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    In a series of promos leading up to the awards show, the Max Fischer Players recreated Out of Sight, The Truman Show, and Armageddon

    18. In The Royal Tenenbaums, the hand you see with a BB lodged in it is actually Andrew Wilson's.

    19. The glasses Anjelica Huston wears in The Royal Tenenbaums belonged to Anderson's mother.

    Anjelica Huston as Etheline in Royal Tenenbaums

    20. The cigarettes Margot smokes in The Royal Tenenbaums are Sweet Aftons, an Irish brand that was discontinued about 10 years ago.

    21. Cate Blanchett was really pregnant during The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.

    A pregnant Cate Blanchett in Life Aquatic

    22. Henry Selick, director of The Nightmare Before Christmas, animated the stop-motion sea creatures in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.

    23. David Bowie was a fan of the covers Seu Jorge did of his music for The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.

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    "Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs in Portuguese, I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with," Bowie commented in the movie soundtrack's liner notes.

    24. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou was heavily inspired by the life of Jacques Cousteau, one of Anderson's childhood heroes.

    25. Natalie Portman went to India to spend 30 minutes shooting what ended up being a 10-second cameo in The Darjeeling Limited.

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    It was technically a reprisal of her role as Rhett from Hotel Chevalier, a 13-minute short that served as a prologue to the feature film.

    26. Kara Hayward was a fan of Anderson's prior to starring in Moonrise Kingdom.

    Kara Hayward dressed as a bird in Moonrise Kingdom

    27. She did her own hair and makeup to play Suzy.

    28. None of the books Suzy can be seen reading in the movie are real.

    Book covers for "Disappearance of the 6th Grade," "The Girl from Jupiter," and "The Francine Odysseys"

    29. Hayward and Jared Gilman, who played Sam in Moonrise Kingdom, got to keep souvenirs from the set.

    Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman in Moonrise Kingdom

    30. In Fantastic Mr. Fox, the hair used for the human puppets is actual human hair.

    A bunch of the humans in Fantastic Mr. Fox with guns

    31. The dialogue for Fantastic Mr. Fox was recorded outdoors.

    The foxes and other creatures in Fantastic Mr. Fox

    32. The hotel staff in The Grand Budapest Hotel is played mostly by actual local hospitality workers.

    33. The fur used for the puppets in Isle of Dogs was made from alpaca and merino wool.

    Dogs traveling through Scottish hills in Isle of Dogs

    34. At an hour and 41 minutes, Isle of Dogs is one of the longest stop-motion films of all time.

    35. The role of Zeffirelli in The French Dispatch was written specifically for Timothée Chalamet.

    Timothee Chalamet in a bathtub in The French Dispatch

    36. The French Dispatch is Timothée Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan's third film together in less than four years.

    37. Wes Anderson alums Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, and Jeffrey Wright will all appear in his next film, Asteroid City.

    Jason Schwartzman, Wes Anderson, and Bill Murray

    38. Meanwhile, the movie will mark the debuts of Tom Hanks, Margot Robbie, Scarlett Johansson, Hope Davis, and Matt Dillon in the Wes Anderson Cinematic Universe.

    Correction: An earlier version of this post stated two of Anderson's films have narrators, not three.