The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

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Cate Blanchett as: Jane Winslett-Richardson
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Selected Cast: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Willem Dafoe & Jeff Goldblum
Written by: Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach
Release Year: 2004
Genre: Adventure / Comedy / Drama
MPAA Rating: R

When his partner is killed by the mysterious and possibly nonexistent Jaguar Shark, Steve Zissou and his Team Zissou crew set off for an expedition to hunt down the creature. Along with his estranged wife, a beautiful journalist and a co-pilot who could possibly be Zissou’s son, the crew set off for one wild expedition.

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Quotes from her Character

• Jane Winslett-Richardson: “I need to find a baby for this father.”
Steve Zissou: “Yeah, I think I know what you mean. ”

• Steve Zissou: “Where’d you come from? You look pregnant.”
Jane Winslett-Richardson: “I am pregnant. I’m not even going to ask what you men are doing out here in your matching pajamas, by the way.”

• Jane Winslett-Richardson: “Are we-are we safe in here?”
Steve Zissou: “I doubt it.”

• Steve Zissou: “Okay, action. Well, look who’s back in town. You’ve traveled over 150 miles since we last heard from you. This son of a bitch is heading for the South Pacific. Turn on your tape recorder, cubbie.”
Jane Winslett-Richardson: “Is it the Jaguar Shark?”
Steve Zissou: “On the record, yes. Cut. Print both takes, Vikram.”
Jane Winslett-Richardson: “Was I… just in the film?”
Steve Zissou: “Yeah. You’re gonna have to sign a release.”

• Steve Zissou: “I wanted to give you a heads-up on what I thought of the piece…”
Jane Winslett-Richardson: “You read it. What did you think?”
Steve Zissou: “Well, I was a little upset at first. I mean, obviously people are going to think I’m a showboat, and a little bit of a prick. But then I thought… that’s me. I said those things, I did those things. I can live with that. You’re a good writer, Jane.”
Jane Winslett-Richardson: “It’s the effing cover.”
Steve Zissou: “Thatta girl.”

• Jane Winslett-Richardson: [about her baby] “In twelve years, he’ll be eleven and a half.”
Steve Zissou: “That was my favorite age.”

• Jane Winslett-Richardson: “I’m going to have to start locking my effing door.”
Steve Zissou: “It was locked, I kicked it in. Why don’t you just curse like other people?”
Jane Winslett-Richardson: “Because I’m trying to get out of the habit before I have my fucking baby!”

• Jane Winslett-Richardson: “May I turn this on?”
Steve Zissou: “Fire one.”
Jane Winslett-Richardson: “So what happened, in your opinion?”
Steve Zissou: “… What’re you talking about?”
Jane Winslett-Richardson: “Well, don’t you think the public perception of your work has significantly altered in the last five years?”
Steve Zissou: “That’s your first question? I thought this was supposed to be a puff piece.”
Jane Winslett-Richardson: “…Should we come back to it?”
Steve Zissou: “…Yeah.”
Jane Winslett-Richardson: “Okay… Is it true that this is going to be your last voyage?”
Steve Zissou: “Wow… no comment. Who told you that? No, goddamnit, I’m… only 52. How-how ’bout we start out with some stock dialogue? Favorite color, blue? Favorite food, sardines?”
Jane Winslett-Richardson: “How do you feel about part one of your new film?”
Steve Zissou: “Why? How do you feel about part one of my new film?”
Jane Winslett-Richardson: “Well, I’m honest. You know, so…”
Steve Zissou: “Just say it!”
Jane Winslett-Richardson: “I thought aspects of it seemed slightly fake.”
Steve Zissou: “… Wolodarsky?…”
Vladimir Wolodarsky: “I’ll take five, Steve.”
Steve Zissou: “How ’bout taking five? …Did it seem fake… when my best friend was bitten in half right in front of me? And eaten alive, screaming? I think you’re a fake. I think you’re a phony. And a bad reporter. How does that feel? And tell me something – does this seem fake?”
Jane Winslett-Richardson: “How dare you! This entire article was my idea, no one else gives a shit!”
Steve Zissou: “What about Sy Perlman?”
Jane Winslett-Richardson: “Are you joking? He’s not even covering my expenses!”
Steve Zissou: “You’re taking something out on me… Why? Stop crying, what’s the deal here? I was only trying to defend myself.”
Jane Winslett-Richardson: “Well, you did a great job! I’m sure you’ll make a terrific father.”

Trivia & Facts

• Filmed in Italy and France (view all.)

• 3 wins & 8 nominations (view all.)

• Also known as ‘The Life Aquatic’.

• Cate starred in the movie Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) with Bill Murray as well.

• Cate also starred in the movie The Aviator (2004) with Willem Dafoe.

• Gwyneth Paltrow was originally set to play Jane Winslett-Richardson, but couldn’t because of schedule conflicts. Nicole Kidman expressed interest and Wes Anderson hired her. Kidman was forced to bow out due to other commitments, and Julianne Moore requested the role. However, it eventually went to Cate. Anderson admitted the character name was inspired by actress Kate Winslet and the characters name is probably to honor Winslet.

• Steve Zissou was written with Bill Murray in mind and according to Wes Anderson, it “could have been no one else.”

• Cate never rehearsed with the crew and hadn’t even met most of them before filming the nighttime electric jellyfish scene in which she first appears in the movie to add spontaneity to the scene.

• Bill Murray would serenade the cast and crew in moments of downtime to stave off boredom. Murray, however, is not noted for his musical abilities so Owen Wilson bought a fusball table to keep everyone entertained.

• Most the parts were written with the actors in mind who ultimately played the characters, such as Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston and Bud Cort.

• Wes Anderson’s first film co-written with Noah Baumbach. Anderson’s usual writing partner was Owen Wilson but he was becoming more popular as an actor and was unavailable.

• While being fitted for her pregnancy prosthetic – which involved being wrapped in a full body cast – Cate fainted. The actress was rather surprised by this as she had never fainted before and learned in the next few days that she actually was pregnant.

• When Wes Anderson learned of Cate’s real life pregnancy, he jokingly accused her of taking method acting too far.