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Dafoe felt like real hotel guest

Willem Dafoe has revealed how the cast of The Grand Budapest Hotel felt like real guests making the movie.

The actor plays assassin Jopling in Wes Anderson's latest adventure, set in a hotel in Eastern Europe, which features an all-star cast including Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton and Jude Law.

Willem said: "It was fun. We're all staying in this hotel in this small town, you know in the east of Germany on the Polish border. And you're seeing, because just how our characters work in the movie, Jeff and I were around for a lot of the shoot and we'd see characters come and go. It was like guests checking in and out of the hotel.

"So we were kind of like residents of the hotel. So there was a whole parallel adventure of life to the fiction of the movie."

The Nymphomaniac star said working on a Wes Anderson movie is " very much like a theatre company".

He went on: "It's a family. I've worked with Jeff before in a Wes Anderson movie, besides other movies, and you go and you recognise a lot of the people. And of course because it's a very kind of designed and make up heavy, character heavy piece, you know people are doing slightly different things than you are used to seeing them doing."

:: The Grand Budapest Hotel is in cinemas now.

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