After the poor response that “Bottled Rocket” received, Anderson did not have much hope for his future as a director. “Looking back, I don’t even know how we managed to produce ‘Rushmore’, or why,” he admitted to Film4. “We’ve spent years making [‘Bottle Rocket’] – well, almost no one sees it. “Despite this, Anderson’s feature debut has impressed some, most notably a producer at Touchstone Pictures.” It ended up building a bit of a hit but it has a few fans in the movie business, like Ross, who set us up with Disney,” Anderson explained to Charlie Rose.
The director’s sophomore film is an even riskier endeavor. ‘Rushmore’ is more expensive and maybe even a bit alien,” he told Film4. “And it just seemed to happen. So I think it’s just luck.” It wasn’t all luck, though – his first film taught him a lesson. [‘Bottle Rocket’] publicity and I found that people could completely refute this… that changed my perspective forever about bringing a movie to the audience and what you can expect,” he explained.
Still, Anderson won’t allow the hostile reception of “Bottle Rocket” to cloud his creative judgment. “It doesn’t change the way I do ‘Rushmore,'” he insists. “After ‘Bottle Rocket’ was done and suddenly someone said we were going to do another one, that’s what I really focused on.”
“Rushmore” was a resounding success, with an unforgettable debut performance by Jason Schwartzman and a supporting role played by the one-of-a-kind Bill Murray. The two actors would go on to star in most of Anderson’s next films, forming an unstoppable cinematic force.
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