EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Bob Balaban Talks 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Tuesday, 05 June 2012 15:23
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Already in theaters in limited release is the new film from visionary writer/director Wes Anderson (Bottle RocketRushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) called Moonrise Kingdom. Anderson co-wrote the film with his occasional collaborator Roman Coppola (The Darjeeling Limited), and it also features performances from Rushmore alumni Bill Murray (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou), and Jason Schwartzman (Fantastic Mr. Fox), both of who have made several films with the director previously. In addition to Murray and Schwartzman, the film features several actors who have never worked with Anderson before including Bruce Willis (Die Hard), Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk), Harvey Keitel (Pulp Fiction), Bob Balaban (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Oscar-winners Frances McDormand (Fargo), and Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton), as well as young newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the immense pleasure of sitting down and chatting with actor Bob Balaban about his work on Moonrise Kingdom. The distinguished actor discussed his new film, joining Wes Anderson's troupe of actors, comparisons to frequent collaborator Christopher Guest's group of actors, Anderson's unique directing style, Alfred Hitchcock, the difficult challenge of playing the film's narrator, and how he emotionally related to the other characters in the movie. 

To watch our exclusive interview with Bob Balaban about Moonrise Kingdom, please click on the video player above.


In 1965, a pair of young lovers (Hayward and Gilman) flee their New England island town, prompting a local search party led by the Sheriff (Willis) and the girl's parents (Murray and McDormand) to fan out to find them. 

Moonrise Kingdom is currently playing in theaters in limited release.

To watch our exclusive interview with director Wes Anderson about Moonrise Kingdom, please click here

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