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Iconic film critic Roger Ebert once said concerning the weird and wonderful of Wes Anderson that ‘Wes Anderson’s mind must be an exciting place for an idea to be born.’ Since his first movie Bottle Rocket back in 1996 acclaimed auteur Anderson has filled our screen with marvel and has gone on to create one of the most distinctive styles in modern cinema.

One of Anderson’s trademarks is his wide array of zany characters who, like much in Anderson’s world, feel ever so slightly removed from reality. His characters, like his movies, are often full of charm and warmth, with the right amount of quirk thrown in to give them that distinctive Anderson touch.

His latest movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, hits cinemas nationwide this  month and in celebration here’s a look back at ten of Anderson’s most memorable characters.

Eli Cash

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Like many Wes Anderson fans Eli Cash always wanted to be a Tenenbaum. The fast-living, drug-taking wild child of the Anderson world is the childhood friend of the dysfunctional family who has found some success himself, first by publishing a story based around the downfall of the Tenenbaums, then by continuing his literary career realising revisionist history novels.

Like most of the Tenenbaums Eli is a tortured soul- a life time of always needing to feel wanted has led him to abuse drugs and hurt his best friend Richie by sleeping with Margot Tenenbaum, the love of Richie’s life.

Wilson has appeared in all but one of Anderson’s works and his turn as Eli Cash is one of his most memorable.

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