Ralph Fiennes in ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ trailer: amazing or bizarre?


Here are some new photos of Ralph Fiennes at the BFI London Film Festival premiere of The Invisible Woman, that movie that he directed (and stars in) about Charles Dickens and his secret love affair with a much younger woman. If this was any other awards season, I’d say that Ralph could have been a Best Actor contender for this film – he’s playing a writer, a historical figure, it’s a period drama and it’s an interesting story. Plus, he’s Ralph Fiennes – surely he could get a nomination, right? But he probably won’t. The Best Actor race is jam-packed this year. But! The reviews are good, and I bet the awards buzz will help the box office.

Anyway, I have two nice Ralph stories today. First off, did you know that Ralph is responsible for Lupita Nyong’o’s career? That’s what she says! Lupita worked as a runner nearly a decade ago when Ralph and Rachel Weisz were filming The Constant Gardener in Kenya. Lupita said: “Ralph Fiennes was a pivotal influence on me. I was having Ralph on set and he asked me, ‘So what is it you want to do?’ I very shyly, timidly admitted that I wanted to be an actor. He sighed, and he said, ‘Lupita, only be an actor if you feel there is nothing else in the world you what to do – only do it if you feel you cannot live without acting’.” I love stories like this. It’s like finding out that the curmudgeon down the street secretly loves kittens.

Second nice story: have you seen the trailer for Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel? IT LOOKS AMAZING. I never would have put Ralph together with Wes Anderson, but the pairing is so bizarre and absurd, it totally works. The film also stars Tilda Swinton (YES!), Adrian Brody, Willem Defoe, Edward Norton and so many more. This looks adorable.



Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Anna says:

    Well, I know one gal who’ll be happy today with all this (coughEVEcough)!

    • Eve says:

      Yeah. I’m happy he’s getting work.

      But, to be perfectly honest, I’m excited to see this for…Ralph Fiennes!?!?!

      Man, I already thought he was hilarious in “In Bruges”, but he’s ridiculously funny in this trailer.

      • Anna says:

        It all seems so psychedelic. Not really my cup of tea unless I’m on an airplane. But at least it looks fun.

      • Eve says:

        Ahhhh, but I love Wes Anderson — “The Darjeeling Limited” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox” are among my favourite movies ever.

        My only problem with this is Norton — yes, I still bear a grudge against him and vowed to never pay for a movie featuring him, so I’m not sure if I’m going to watch this in the theater (but I’ll probably watch it someday).

  2. Sixer says:

    Gotsta love Ralph, although I’ll bet he is exhausting and frustrating to be around.

    I like the look of both films but I’m going to come out and say that ONLY Simon Callow should ever be allowed to play Dickens.

    • T.fanty says:

      Yo. I finally got through my pile of Literature I Didn’t Finish and this weekend I’m starting the Dorothy Dunnett book!

      By the way, have you read Donna Tartt’s Secret History? Any good?

      • Sixer says:

        Ooh. Woohoo! The first book is good but honestly, that series gets better and better as it goes on. First book is in Scotland, second France, third Malta, fourth Turkey, fifth Russia and England and the last book (a triumph) is back in France.

        I have to be honest and say that I didn’t like Secret History as much as everyone else. Probably a taste thing rather than an objective thing.

        I’ll go now before I flood you with a thousand other recommendations.

      • T.fanty says:

        Recommendations are always welcome. It’s just about finding the time to read them. My next few novels are:
        – The Prague Cemetery
        – I, Claudius
        – The Sarah Waters book about the house.

        I also have the more recent Antony Sher Diaries to read and want to read Zinn’s People’s History of America.

        Too. Many. Books. Not. Enough. Time.

      • Sixer says:

        Nice choices!

        Older son has not long fought his way through I Clavdivs, as I’m sorry to admit we call it, just as I did at a far-too-young age. I think there is something quite character-forming at working to read a book that enchants you but is scarily hard when you are a child. So I am chuffed with him!

        My current favourite fiction reads for pleasure come from Jim Crace (for the language) and Ken MacLeod (because he thinks libertarianism can inform the thinking of the left. So do I, but I’m not sure exactly how).

      • T.fanty says:

        I agree wholeheartedly. Although I’m not sure my six year old will appreciate Robert Graves just yet. Did older son like it? I’ve been wanting to read it for years, but I’m finally carrying it around and one day may even crack it open.

      • Sixer says:

        Haha. He’s 11. He really did enjoy it. Now he’s back to more age-appropriate material with Darren Shan and hideous monsters.

        The littler one is not a reader. He might go for a Roald Dahl every once in a while, but he’s a literal child and doesn’t see the point of stories – they aren’t true. His reading diary for school speaks almost entirely of sports reports from the newspaper.

      • T.fanty says:

        Great. I have the reading list of an 11 year old. Sigh.

      • Sixer says:

        Aww. Would it be a knife under the fifth rib to say that I first read the Dorothy Dunnett books when I was about 12?

        Seriously though: it took him months and months to read Clavdivs. He picked it up from the shelf because he’d been at my mother’s while she was rewatching the old BBC series and thought it looked cool. I’m sure a lot of it went above his head, but I don’t honestly think that matters if he found it magical, which he did.

      • T.fanty says:


        Re: the months and months to finish the Graves. I think you will like this:

      • Sixer says:

        Oh my lord, I love it! There should be more of that and st a younger age. Merci!

  3. T.fanty says:

    The movie looks amazing. Sigh. Plus Ralph with hair.

    • ds says:

      Plus the entire cast. Gosh I have this undying love affair with Andersons films… I wanna be in that world!

    • Diana says:

      Yes, that movie looks awsome and I didn’t even know it existed. I thank this site for all of the great movies I discover through it.

    • gefeylich says:

      Yes. Also – is this the first time he’s ever starred in a comedy? I can’t think of any other he’s been in, let alone starred in.

      The whole thing looks cartoonish, insane and wonderful.

  4. Q says:

    I love love love Wes Anderson—this set and this cast?! Amazing–plus with Ralph? Glad to see a lot of the regular Wes Anderson entourage are back–

    Can’t wait!

  5. LadyAnne says:

    It looks awesome !!! Can’t wait !

  6. curlsunited says:

    The trailer is mouth watering (or is it because I had to skip both elevenses and lunch today?), I can’t wait to see the film. And lots of cameos: Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Harvey Keitel. Yum.

  7. Adrien says:

    I didn’t recognize Tilda. She’s awesome. Love Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom. Can’t wait to see this.

  8. blue marie says:

    **taps on mic while clearing my throat** My name is Marie and I’m a baldist. While studying the photos of Fiennes (w/ & w/o hair) I realized with the hair I would still hit it but without, the very thing I used to find so attractive about him (his eyes) kind of creep me out.

  9. bns says:

    Edward Norton <3

  10. chloe says:

    I’m on the fence with Wes Anderson movies, but this one looks fabulous mainly because I’m a huge Ralph fan.

  11. Frida_K says:


    I love Wes Anderson movies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cannot wait…cannot wait…cannot wait!!

  12. ag-UK says:

    Wes is one good thing that came of out Texas… Not ashamed to claim him. His films are fantastic. Will be seeing this hopefully during the Christmas holidays.

    • lrm says:

      doesn’t come out until March 2014!!! I KNOW! so disappointing. I got all excited when I saw the trailer yesterday [lainey posted about it yesterday], thinking it would be out for thanksgiving or december…so bummed I have to wait nearly 6 months.

  13. lenje says:

    wow, the trailer is amazing! Now this movie becomes one in my to-watch list.

  14. Brandi says:

    Oh, this looks amazing!! Thank you for posting! I’ve loved Ralph for years. Nothing is hotter than he was in Wuthering Heights.

  15. davidbowie says:

    I can’t wait to this movie! I love Wes Anderson and I always support a fellow Texas Ex. 🙂

  16. Norman Bates' Mother says:

    The movie looks very interesting, I will definitely watch it. Plus Ralph looks kind of hot in the trailer which doesn’t happen very often these days. I know he has done some very questionable things in his love life but I have always heard that he is a total sweetheart to his fans and fellow co-workers so it’s not that surprising he helped Lupita. His ex-partners, especially Alex Kingston, always say awful things about him but his co-stars have usually only nice things to say. Which is the total opposite to his co-star Edward Norton, who is hated by all kinds of people but he is still friends with Salma Hayek and Courtney Love. I don’t know what is worse.

  17. j.eyre says:

    This looks amazing. I am happy just watching the trailer – imagine my bliss watching the film.

    I do adore Ralph Fiennes in any incarnation.

  18. Myrto says:

    Don’t care about Ralph but I love Wes Anderson. Although I’m a bit tired of the father and son relationships that seem to be the theme of every single movie of his.
    But Tilda!Bill Murray!Edward Norton! And nobody’s mentioning her but I’m so glad to see Saoirse Ronan, I’ve been dying for her to become the huge star that she should already be.

  19. Mandy says:

    Oh my gosh, SO much talent in just one movie! I will definitely be watching this one.

  20. Lucy says:

    Love Ralph but the bald look is not his best. Too Voldy-esque. Hopefully he’ll let his hair grow!! PS: The trailer looks fantastic.

  21. Loulou says:

    He was phenomenal in In Bruges with Colin Farrell. He had twisted logic down pat. Such a range.

  22. lunchcoma says:

    Nah. He’s a great actor, but the sleaze factor is too high with this one. I’ll happily run out to see the movie, though.

  23. kenyan girl says:

    i looove this guy

  24. manta says:

    Exciting cast, especially for a huge Willem Dafoe fan like me! And glad to see Goldblum is here too.
    Does Anjelica Huston appear in this too?

  25. Claudia says:

    I’m all over it. I know it’s considered one of his lesser films, but I absolutely loved The Darjeeling Limited. It makes me so happy, and the film itself is beautiful to look at. This trailer looks like it will inspire the same feelings of lightness that Darjeeling did… not to mention the fact that Anderson has basically recruited almost all of the actors he’s ever worked with. Geez, that cast! I mean, Bill Murray? Willem Dafoe? Jason Schwartzmann? Owen Wilson? AH. The list goes on and on. I’m excited for this film to come out!