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Ralph Fiennes on nostalgia, heart in Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel'
Ralph Fiennes on nostalgia, heart in Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

Will it surprise anyone to learn that British actor Ralph Fiennes, who so delightfully brought to life eccentric concierge M. Gustave in "The Grand Budapest Hotel" this past spring, was once a real-life apprentice in the high-class hospitality trade? "I was the lowest of the low," he recalls ruefully of his time as a young house porter at Brown's Hotel, a five-star establishment in London's Mayfair district. "I was basically a dogsbody for the housekeeping department — my job was to Hoover the corridors, clean the brass, change the shower curtains." While briefly promoted to hall porter, he got to wear the hotel uniform — brown with...

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