Bob Balaban Talks About “Moonrise Kingdom” 


Bob Balaban stars as the Narrator in Wes Anderson’s fantastic film, “Moonrise Kingdom.” The Narrator is not only heard but also seen in the film, and he plays an important role in the hunt for the young lovers, Suzy (Kara Hayward) and Sam (Jared Gilman).

In this interview, we talked about:
*** The triumphs of “Moonrise Kingdom”
*** Why he liked my shirt (HA!)
*** What did he think when he first saw the script?
*** The fairy tale quality of the movie
*** The film’s love and isolation themes
*** How he prepared for his character of The Narrator
*** As a fellow director, what does he think of Anderson’s skills?

Have fun!



MOONRISE KINGDOM

Synopsis

Moonrise Kingdom is the new movie directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rushmore).

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff, Captain Sharp. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader, Scout Master Ward. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bishop. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban; and introduces Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as Sam and Suzy, the boy and girl.

A Focus Features and Indian Paintbrush presentation of an American Empirical Picture. Moonrise Kingdom. Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton. With Jason Schwartzman and Bob Balaban. Introducing Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward. Casting by Douglas Aibel. Associate Producer, Octavia Peissel. Co-Producers, Molly Cooper, Lila Yacoub. Costume Designer, Kasia Walicka Maimone. Khaki Scout Marches by Mark Mothersbaugh, Performed by Peter Jarvis and his Drum Corps. Original Music by Alexandre Desplat. Music Supervisor, Randall Poster. Editor, Andrew Weisblum, ACE. Production Designer, Adam Stockhausen. Director of Photography, Robert Yeoman, ASC. Executive Producers, Sam Hoffman, Mark Roybal. Produced by Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson. Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola. Directed by Wes Anderson. A Focus Features Release.

SOURCE: FOCUS FEATURES

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