It's hard to describe a Wes Anderson film. From "The Royal Tenenbaums" to "Moonrise Kingdom," there's something timeless and placeless about the director's features. But Jeff Goldblum, who stars in "The Grand Budapest Hotel," has no trouble finding the words for Anderson's upcoming movie.
"It's surreal; it's whimsical; it's also hilarious and touching, this movie," Goldblum explained during a Tuesday visit to TODAY. "The style is kind of like a dream, a Jungian dreamscape. It's really good. This one? Mm-mm-mm. It's funny and touching, romantic — it's wildly, unabashedly romantic."
And it was a project that Goldblum, as well as other veteran Anderson actors, couldn't resist being part of.
"Oh, yes! Anybody would (say yes when Anderson calls) — everybody does," Goldbum assured. "As you see in this movie, you know, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman and Ed Norton … the whole cast, everybody says, 'So, whatever you want me to do.' He's a grand director, a great artist and an important filmmaker."
The cast includes other familiar faces from Anderson films, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody and Willem Dafoe, as well as a star-studded group of first-timers, like Ralph Fiennes and Jude Law. And thanks to Anderson's unique approach to filming, all those famous faces had plenty of opportunities to appreciate working together.
"I'm a big fan of all those people," Goldblum said of his co-stars. "It's an eyeful to see them all doing great and unexpected things. It's breathtaking to watch; it's breathtaking and surprising to see. But (Wes) arranged, kind of like Robert Altman used to do, a kind of an art piece out of the experience of filming. So we would all live together in this hotel over a long period of time in Gorlitz, Germany, this wonderland place, last winter, and eat dinner together every night. It was great."
TODAY's Al Roker liked the sound of that so much, he suggested the gang from Studio 1A give it a try too.
"I'd like to be invited," Goldblum said with a smile.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" opens in theaters nationwide March 7.