Anderson and his lead seem to have become so familiar that a bit of direction is needed. If Murray reads an Anderson script, he basically knows what is being asked of him. It also helped Anderson come up with the idea for “The Life Aquatic” to Murray in 1998 while the two were working on “Rushmore” together. Murray and Anderson will also be doing “The Royal Tenenbaums” together in the interim. By their third project, the model was established. Murray says:
“At this point, he doesn’t talk much. He told me about this years ago, when we did ‘Rushmore.’ He didn’t tell me much about it. I trusted him a lot. We became friends and I don’t need to explain much about everything. If I feel like I need something right now. , I ask.”
Thanks to his enigmatic 1-800 number — perhaps the ultimate vetting process — Murray often hears from filmmakers he has worked with or are friends with. There’s a reason he’s always appeared in Anderson movies or starred in Jim Jarmusch movies.
The rehearsal for “The Life Aquatic” went on, in true Andersonian style, hence the sparkle:
“[W]I went to the boat. I said, ‘I want to rehearse.’ And he said, ‘What?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, just tell me the story.’ And he was like, ‘Oh, my God.’ So he just read me the script, right on the boat. And I just sat there, sunbathing on the bullet train, and he read the script to me. It’s like a fairy tale, like a bedtime story. We haven’t even finished the script yet, but after we have [off]I thought, ‘Wow, that’s enough.’
Read it to me, and we’re ready.
https://www.slashfilm.com/1030813/bill-murrays-first-rehearsal-for-life-aquatic-wasnt-what-wes-anderson-expected/ Bill Murray’s first rehearsal of underwater life wasn’t what Wes Anderson expected