He is known for his quirky comedies.
But it seems staff on one of Wes Anderson’s movie sets failed to see the funny side after being given only soup for lunch.
The Oscar-winning director has revealed employees staged a ‘mutiny’ after he put up fold-away tables at the side of the set so they could get back to work quickly, rather than give them a long lunch break.
Anderson said the revolt happened after his long-serving key grip Sanjay Sami – who has worked on movies such as the 2014 Academy award-winning The Grand Budapest Hotel – got tired of eating just soup while carrying out physical work every day.
The director caved in and gave him steak instead.
Speaking to River Café owner Ruth Rogers’ podcast Ruthie’s Table 4, Anderson said: ‘I don’t like to stop work in the day. Movies often you stop and there is a very long break, and then it takes even longer to get back from the break, so the way we have been doing it is that we have these little tables that are made to be folded into suitcases and we set them up right on the side of the set.
Revolt: American filmmaker Wes Anderson says that for years he tried to make his staff eat just soup
Set: The Oscar-winning director has revealed employees staged a ‘mutiny’ after he put up fold-away tables at the side of the set so they could get back to work quickly (pictured the set of his film The French Dispatch)
‘And the people that are actually working on the set, which is kind of a small group, other people building sets and things, they have a different experience, the group on the set. We have our lunch there and it’s brought out.
‘For years I tried to make it just soup and to convince everyone that we would just eat soup and then get right back to work – we did have some very good soups in Germany, there was a shop across from the hotel where we lived that would make soups for us every day.
‘But, most people don’t just want soup and eventually there was a mutiny. In particular, our key grip Sanjay Sami said “you can’t just push a dolly all day and only eat thin soup”. We started bringing Sanjay his own steak and things.’
Sami’s job involved pushing and pulling a camera mounted on a dolly, which can weight up to 900lb, along hundreds of feet of track built specially for a scene.
Anderson, 54, joined Ms Rogers for the first episode of the third season of her popular podcast. Previous guests include Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Taylor Johnson and Oliva Colman.
During the interview, the Texas-born director also revealed how Ms Rogers has hosted private screenings for The Grand Budapest Hotel and his 2000 movie Fantastic Mr Fox at her home, where she cooked for the guests.
Anderson’s latest project is an adaptation of four short films based on Roald Dahl stories – The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, The Swan, The Rat Catcher and Poison.