Last night, some of the cast of The Royal Tenenbaums reunited at the 10th anniversary screening of the film at the New York Film Festival. Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston and Bill Murray appeared alongside director Wes Anderson, who also co-wrote the film with Owen Wilson. According to Moviefone, much of the discussion centered around Gene Hackman, who played the movie's patriarch.
Hackman was apparently not very pleasant at times, though it seems the cast forgave him for that, because he's Gene Hackman. Paltrow said, "I loved working with him. I loved being in the same scenes as him. He was kind of a bear of a guy, but I also found something very sweet and sad in there. I liked him a lot. I think he's one of the greatest actors who ever lived. To be in his presence and watch him do his thing. It's like -- you know, you're Gene Hackman, you can be in a bad fucking mood."
And then Murray described how Luke Wilson, who was dating Paltrow at the time, and Anderson regular Kumar Pallana did not make it easy:
"I'll stick up for Gene too... I'd hear these stories, like, 'Gene threatened to kill me today.' 'He can't kill you, you're in a union.' 'Gene threatened to take all of us and set fire to us.' 'It's a union shoot, it's New York, he can't set fire to you.'...
"[Gene] does his thing and it takes about 50-60 seconds, and Luke blew his line 13 or 14 times. Luke Wilson. I thought Luke was good? He's not good. Because at the time, he was in love with this girl over here" -- Murray pointed at an embarrassed Paltrow -- "and he couldn't think straight. So that's the problem with Gene. He had to work with Luke who was dizzy in love and Kumar Pallana, every single day...
"He had like a complete spaced-out high school kid and Kumar every single day. How many of you have worked with Kumar? None of you! You wouldn't be here if you had. Kumar makes Luke Wilson look like Gielgud. If I had to work with Kumar and Luke Wilson, I would have set fire to this whole building."
At a talk earlier in the day, Anderson called Hackman "legendary" and "scary," admitting that Hackman might have been at a disadvantage because Hackman didn't want to do the film because he doesn't like parts that are written for him... and doesn't like being paid scale (Anderson thinks he wore him down over a year and a half):
Anderson also mentioned that movies and plays about New York—as well as The New Yorker—inspired the movie:
The home featured in the film is at 339 Convent Avenue.