Thursday, October 17, 2013

The greatest ensemble casts of all time...?

The release of the new Wes Anderson trailer for The Budapest Grand Hotel shows that his contact book has grown exponentially since the humble beginnings of his career.  The ensemble cast for his latest film is absolutely huge, with lots of A-listers hungry to work with the hipster ironist.  Including:

  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Willem Dafoe
  • Edward Norton
  • Owen Wilson
  • Bill Murray
  • Jude Law
  • Saoirse Ronan
  • Tilda Swinton
  • Jeff Goldblum
  • Adrien Brody
  • Jason Schwartzman
  • Harvey Kietel
It got me thinking about other great ensemble pieces...
Like Bobby (2006):

  • Harry Belafonte
  • Emilio Estevez
  • Laurence Fishburne
  • Heather Graham
  • Demi Moore
  • William H.Macy
  • Helen Hunt
  • Christian Slater
  • Sharon Stone
  • Elijah Wood
  • Joshua Jackson
  • Anthony Hopkins
  • Ashton Kutcher
  • Shia LeBeouf        (in his finest role...)
  • Lindsay Lohan
or maybe something older like The Towering Inferno (1970):

  • Steve McQueen
  • Paul Newman
  • Faye Dunaway
  • William Holden
  • Fred Astaire
  • Richard Chamberlain
  • Robert Vaughn
  • O.J Simpson (!)
What do you think the greatest ensemble cast of all time is?  Does Anderson's celebrity love fest encourage excellent competitive performances or simply amount to a party that the rest of us could only dream of...?

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