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‘Grand Budapest Hotel’s’ Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan Celebrate Wes Anderson’s ‘Best Work’

“I think this is the best work you’ve ever done,” Bill Murray told Wes Anderson just before Wednesday’s North American premiere of helmer’s eighth feature, “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

Murray, who plays M. Ivan in pic, was on stage at Alice Tully Hall introducing the film alongside Anderson and fellow cast members.

“A lot of the other stuff you may like or not like at all, but this one you will like,” thesp told the crowd. “I’m not kidding. This stuff is much better than the other stuff.”

Starring Ralph Fiennes, pic tells the story of the legendary concierge of the famous European hotel between the two World Wars. The fancy Gotham preem came just weeks after the Fox Searchlight film made its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.

At pic’s Russian Tea Room after-party, where vodka shots were offered along with wine, Willem Dafoe described the differences between working with Anderson now and 10 years back on “The Life Aquatic.”

“On ‘Life Aquatic’ he would often find the shots or the way of telling the story on the set,” Dafoe explained. “With ‘Grand Budapest’ it was more designed and more clear. He showed me an animated storyboard very early on that was very precise. So when I entered, I entered a really complete world and I knew what I had to do.”

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Saoirse Ronan admitted that the director’s meticulous ways initially made her anxious.

“All of Wes’ characters have a very intelligent wit to them,” Ronan said. “Wes is also extremely specific and he is very clear about what he wants from his actors, which made me feel secure but at the start I was definitely nervous that I wouldn’t be able to bring his vision to light.”

In between a beef and potato dinner Fox Searchlight co-prexy Steve Gilula explained why the studio, which released 2007′s “The Darjeeling Limited,” decided to re-team with Anderson.

“He’s sees things that nobody else can,” Gilula said. “When I read the script I said, ‘Wow.’ If Wes is going to take this on and create this world we have to be a part of it.”

While Gilula said he thoroughly enjoyed the read, he did admit that it was Anderson’s film expertise and creativity that convinced him Fox Searchlight should get involved.

“If the script weren’t from an established filmmaker I don’t know how anyone would get anyone to seriously consider making it.”

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