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The Wes Anderson-Bill Murray Connection 

In a 2009 interview about Fantastic Mr. Fox, Murray spoke of a desire to make Badger "a Wisconsin guy," saying that "you know, it's time for a Wisconsin accent to make itself known." Read our Fantastic Mr. Fox movie review.
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Bill Murray first appeared in a Wes Anderson picture in 1998's Rushmore and since then, he's had a role in every one of the Texan's movies. The Grand Budapest Hotel -- in theaters March 7 -- marks Murray's seventh appearance in an Anderson film. (Bottle Rocket, Anderson's first feature, is his only film not to feature Murray.) To commemorate the occasion, we have compiled images and descriptions of Murray's roles throughout the Anderson canon, from the brief cameos (The Darjeeling Limited) to the inspired leading performances (The Life Acquatic with Steve Zissou). The slideshow presents the roles chronologically, which allows for some fun temporal tracking of Murray's facial hair. Words by Danny King.
Published on March 3, 2014

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