According to Jeff Goldblum, everything about a Wes Anderson film is extremely specific.
The actor says Anderson was adamant Goldblum didn’t change a single word of the script while filming ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel.’
“One thing is that he likes his material to be meticulously rendered,” Goldblum said The Guardian. “In ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ I gave a great speech. I worked a lot on it and changed an “the” to an “e” or an “e” to an “the”. I haven’t talked to him about it. After a couple takes, he said, “I see you’re changing that word.” I said, ‘Yes, it’s not thoughtless. Here’s my thought…’ He said, ‘Yes, I understand all of that. Please keep it as written.’”
Goldblum continued, “He dressed you up in costumes, the set design is wonderful, but everything is very specific. He loves actors and is very creative. But it is very particular Wes Anderson.
The “Asteroid City” actor explained that he was “nervous and excited” on set and “wanted to do my best and honored by the opportunity to work with Wes Anderson, with whom I was lucky to do a couple of other things .”
As Goldblum summarized, “Talented people are often the ones who are also very down to earth and put you at ease. He’s so quirky, individual and such a wonderfully skilled guy, his personality can take over… If Wes Anderson was the director and my character had to fold and cook and read maps and print stuff, I’d be spending extra hours after school, learning!”
Anderson recently said that filming “Asteroid City” amid the COVID-19 pandemic benefited the space alien comedy.
“During the busy part of the COVID period, we were writing the script. I don’t think there would be a quarantine in the story if we weren’t living it,” Anderson said. “It wasn’t intentional. The writing is the most improvisational part of the whole process.
He added, “Making the film during the COVID protocols, it really suited us. It worked for us. I loved that we formed a crew and stayed together and sat at a long table and had dinner.