Patt Morrison for May 31, 2012

Bob Balaban: From ‘Midnight Cowboy’ to ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

Bob Balaban: From ‘Midnight Cowboy’ to ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

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Actor Bob Balaban as the narrator of Wes Anderson's film "Moonrise Kingdom."

Bob Balaban

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"Moonrise Kingdom" narrator Bob Balaban poses for a photo with Patt Morrison after appearing on the show on May 31, 2012.

“When the movie starts you can feel Wes [Anderson] taking over everything, like a great king does in a kingdom, everyone is doing well, there’s no unemployment and everyone is well read.”

Is this a KPCC listener’s utopia, you wonder? Nope. It’s Academy Award nominee Bob Balaban, talking about his latest role as the narrator of “Moonrise Kingdom,” Anderson’s opening-night film at the Cannes International Film Festival earlier this month.

Balaban joins Patt to talk about his experience working with Wes Anderson, narrating a movie that he claims will someday be a book, and telling the story of a pair of young lovers running away from summer camp.


Bob Balaban, actor, director, and author; he is featured in Wes Anderson’s new film, “Moonrise Kingdom;” has also starred in “Midnight Cowboy,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Catch-22,” “Best in Show,” as well as many other films

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