Henry Winkler on peculiar world of ‘French Dispatch’ director Wes Anderson

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Henry Winkler and Bob Balaban were filming a country successful Angouleme, France, for “The French Dispatch,” erstwhile Winkler had an thought for quirky manager Wes Anderson.

“Here is simply a existent story,” Winkler, 75, told The Post. “We’re lasting connected a bridge. It’s wintertime and the upwind is blowing disconnected the stream successful some directions. It’s truthful acold that [co-star] Léa Seydoux is successful her defender azygous and she’s covered successful blankets. That’s however you enactment lukewarm — you basal determination portion Wes composes the shot. And I whispered to Bob, ‘I person an idea, should I archer Wes?’ And Bob whipped his caput around, looked maine successful the eye, and said, ‘No!’ ”

And truthful Winkler kept his rima shut. “You don’t accidental anything. You larn the connection of Wes. This antheral is simply a visionary. Remember those EF Hutton commercials, ‘When EF Hutton talks, radical listen’? That is the acceptable connected a Wes Anderson film. The props are from Germany, the costumers are from Italy, the constitution radical are from England, the drivers are from France — and erstwhile helium speaks, everyone listens.”

“The French Dispatch,” opening successful theaters connected Friday, Oct. 22, features an outrageous ensemble formed including Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson, Frances McDormand, Saoirse Ronan, Jeffrey Wright and Ed Norton. Murray plays Arthur Howitzer Jr., the American exertion of the (fictional) mag the French Dispatch, headquartered successful the (fictional) municipality of Ennui-sur-Blasé (Translation: “boredom-on-blasé”) and publishing its last issue. The anthology-type movie features a prologue and 3 vignettes, each with its ain self-contained formed of characters.

Scene from "The French Dispatch" showing Tilda Swinton, Lois Smith, Adrien Brody, Henry Winkler and Bob Balaban.From left: Tilda Swinton (with lamp), Lois Smith, Adrien Brody, Henry Winkler and Bob Balaban successful a country from “The French Dispatch.”©Searchlight Pictures/Courtesy

In “The Concrete Masterpiece,” Winkler and Balaban play Uncles Joe and Nick (they’re brothers), with Adrien Brody arsenic their nephew, an creation trader named Julian Cadazio. Lois Smith plays an creation collector, “Maw” Clampette, and Seydoux is simply a situation guard. Swinton plays French Dispatch staffer J.K.L. Berensen (who narrates the action).

“I don’t adjacent cognize wherever to start,” Winkler said, erstwhile asked to picture the film. “Bill Murray is the editor, and past determination are the stories – the arts section, the transgression section, the nutrient section, obituaries … I’m successful the arts conception … Adrien Brody is our nephew and we are backing him for an creation task – helium recovered an creator successful situation [Moses Rosenthaler], played by Benicio del Toro. I cannot archer you what happens, but it’s a spot of a shock.”

Winkler, who won an Emmy for his relation arsenic acting manager Gene Cousineau successful HBO’s “Barry,” said helium was impressed with however Anderson, known for his eccentric and distinctive communicative benignant (“Rushmore,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”) worked to fulfill his imaginativeness for “The French Dispatch.”

Photo showing a casually dressed Henry Winkler posing successful  beforehand   of a bookcase.Henry Winkler precocious won an Emmy for his show successful HBO’s “Barry.”Jessica Sample for The Wall Stre

“There are nary stand-ins, truthful you basal for 2 hours portion the maestro composes the shot,” helium said. “Each framework is simply a enactment of art. There is not a item retired of place. There are crates from each implicit the satellite for furnishings for the sets that are successful these aged warehouses successful this precise tiny town.

“Wes has hand-picked each the extras – helium knows each 1 of them by sanction – and everyone is made up successful the aforesaid country astatine the aforesaid time,” helium said. “And they person a stopwatch, truthful I got down to having my hairsbreadth curled, mustache connected and constitution done successful 21 minutes due to the fact that Lois Smith was hitting the [makeup] seat aft me. There are nary trailers; determination are rooms created retired of velour curtains that are clamped together.

“We had the astir fantastic clip and [Anderson] creates a family,” helium said of the vibe connected the set. “You’re successful a overseas country, successful a beauteous municipality with these bluish roofs you spot done the trees that are leafless due to the fact that it’s wintertime — oh, my God!”