The Grand Budapest Hotel cast bonded over dinner party

Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes

'The Grand Budapest Hotel' cast, which includes male lead Ralph Fiennes among a number of other A-Listers, bonded over regular dinner parties while they were off set.

'The Grand Budapest Hotel' cast had a "buzzing dinner party" every evening while filming.

The comedy which has an A-List cast including Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton and Saoirse Ronan among others, was filmed in Germany and director Wes Anderson admits they bonded off set.

He told Hong Kong's Time Out magazine: "We took over this small hotel in the city of Görlitz in Germany. We had a cook I know from Italy who cooked for us and we had dinner together every night of the movie. Almost every night was a little buzzing dinner party."

The filmmaker was thrilled to team up with Fiennes, who plays concierge M. Gustave H, and although he admires his talent he admits the actor is "intense".

Anderson says: "He [Fiennes] was very funny in the film 'In Bruges', and the play 'God of Carnage'. I'd wanted to work with him for some time. I met him maybe ten years ago when I was at somebody's house and went into the kitchen and he was sitting there. I wanted to find something to do with him. He's intense. He's like a method actor, and I've not worked with anyone like that."

The Grand Budapest Hotel

  • 5 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 100 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Wes Anderson
  • Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Tom Wilkinson
  • UK release: 7 March 2014

Gustave H (Fiennes), the flamboyantly orderly concierge of the Grand Budapest Hotel, likes to romance the elderly guests, but when his wealthy lover (Swinton) dies mysteriously, he finds himself framed for murder. Perhaps Anderson's most uncompromisingly eccentric and perfectly realised film to date, with an astonishing…


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