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

by Patt Morrison

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

“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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