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How does Wes Anderson get stars to play small roles?

  |  February 11, 2014

(L-R) US actor Bill Murray, Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, British actor Ralph Fiennes US director Wes Anderson, French actress Lea Seydoux, US actor Tony Revolori, Jury president James Schamus, German actor Florian Lucas, British actress Tilda Swinton, US actor Edward Harrison Norton arrive for the sreening of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" presented in the Berlinale Competition of the 64rd Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, on February 6, 2014. The 64rd Berlinale, the first major European film festival of the year, starts on February 6, 2014 with 24 international productions screening in the main showcase. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE
JOHANNES EISELE
(L-R) US actor Bill Murray, Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, British actor Ralph Fiennes US director Wes Anderson, French actress Lea Seydoux, US actor Tony Revolori, Jury president James Schamus, German actor Florian Lucas, British actress Tilda Swinton, US actor Edward Harrison Norton arrive for the sreening of 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' presented in the Berlinale Competition of the 64rd Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, on February 6, 2014. The 64rd Berlinale, the first major European film festival of the year, starts on February 6, 2014 with 24 international productions screening in the main showcase. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE

At this week's Berlin Film Festival, Wes Anderson and a strong ensemble cast including Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray and Edward Norton premiered their new film The Grand Budapest Hotel, a caper set in a fictional spa town in pre-World War II Europe.

Asked by a reporter how Anderson get stars to play not-so-big roles, the Anderson regular Murray ? who plays a concierge in the film ? leapt in to answer the question.

“We are promised very long hours and low wages ? and stale bread,” he said.

“That’s pretty much it.”

* AP