Hackney teen actor doesn’t move a muscle for big film role in The Grand Budapest Hotel

12:49 28 February 2014

Jason Schwartzman and Jude Law in The Grand Budapest Hotel, with the painting of Ed in the background.

Jason Schwartzman and Jude Law in The Grand Budapest Hotel, with the painting of Ed in the background.


A teenage actor is playing a pivotal part in new film The Grand Budapest Hotel by featuring in a supposedly priceless Renaissance portrait which appears throughout the movie.

Ed Munro posing for the portraitEd Munro posing for the portrait

Ed Munro was picked to appear in the “Boy with apple” painting by the film’s American screenwriter and director, Wes Anderson, who is known for the distinctive visual and narrative style of his movies, which include The Darjeeling Limited.

Anderson’s latest work, which opens in the UK next Friday and is being marketed across London with posters of a massive pink hotel, centres on a painting that is left in a bequest to the hotel’s concierge, played by Ralph Fiennes, before being stolen.


The 15-year old from Lordship Park, Stoke Newington was thrilled when Anderson personally invited him and his parents to Paris last Thursday for the film’s premiere and glamorous after-party, where they brushed shoulders with the likes of Fiennes and his co-stars Jude Law and Tilda Swinton.

The Grand Budapest HotelThe Grand Budapest Hotel

Ed was chosen for the portrait nearly two years ago when a casting agent approached Pineapple Dance School in Covent Garden, where he dances.

Once selected, he went for a costume fitting where he tried on a huge selection of fur-trimmed cloaks, embellished bodices, silk pantaloons and codpieces.

He then travelled eight times to a Jacobean school in Dorset for two-hour sittings with Michael Taylor, a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters who has had work exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery.

“It was quite strange sitting in a big old crazy building with these amazing old clothes. My hands started to hurt after a while holding the apple,” said Ed, who attends the Italia Conti drama school in the Barbican and hopes to become an actor.

“It was quite strange to see the finished product. I thought it looked like me, but in a year I’ve changed a bit.”

Ed, who attended Grazebrook Junior School in Stoke Newington, and danced the role of Young Don in Singin’ in the Rain at the Palace Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue in 2012, added: “It was crazy and a weird experience to go to Paris. Every corner you turn, there was a huge poster.

“I knew about Wes Anderson before and I really loved all his films. Every moment of it is thought of.

“The film was amazing, better than I even expected. It was quite amazing to finally see my face on the big screen. I get a credit as well which really made me happy.”

Ed took the opportunity to chat to Wes at the party and they plan to meet up again in a few weeks after the film’s opening in America.

He and his family are looking forward to seeing the film again this Sunday afternoon at the Hackney Picturehouse in Mare Street.


Latest News Stories

View from the Ferris wheel at last year's Winterville

A sprawling festive town filled with seasonal feasts, markets and entertainment has sprung up in Victoria Park for the second year running.

Curator preparing the 1965 period room for the Christmas Past exhibition

Rooms have been decorated in the style of Christmases past at the Geffrye Museum.

Vallie founders Robin Doble (L) and Nash Islam (R)

Tech City is the third largest technology hub in the world, and it’s right on our doorstep. Each week, we bring you news from the thriving area around Old Street roundabout. This week, reporter Sophie Inge talks to Nash Islam, co-founder of Vallie, the UK’s first on-demand app-based valet parking service.

The London Fire Brigade has put forward proposals to axe 13 fire engines - including one from Hackney

‘Scrapping IT system would be false economy’ say Conservatives

Yesterday, 16:43
Alicia Stawkowski

The family of a woman who disappeared from her home in Hackney on Bonfire night have put out a heartfelt appeal to try and trace her.

Yesterday, 15:00
Gallego was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Wednesday

An illegal immigrant who worked at Mansion House was caught out ahead of last month’s Chinese state visit.

Yesterday, 13:08
A scene from El Cinco, showing in the Argentine Film Festival

Argentina is best known for Tango, steak and football, but a festival is hoping to put its films on the map too.

Yesterday, 09:07
Hackney Town Hall lit up for Christmas

The countdown to Christmas begins in Hackney with the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk joining the annual festive lights switch-on at the Town Hall on Saturday.

Most read news


Section Boys, Big Tipper, Big Narstie, Lady Leshurr, Trapstar, and UFest street team members

We’ve got 10 pairs of tickets to give away to watch some of the country’s best and brightest urban music talent at UFest, London’s official youth festival.

Tesco - Every little helps

Would you like to have the opportunity to win a huge £2,500 to spend at Tesco? Well with this amazing prize you can do exactly that! MyOffers are giving you the chance to get your hands on £2,500 to spend on anything you desire may it be free weekly groceries for the foreseeable future, a new TV, home decoration or even a new sofa!

You could get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge!

Here’s your chance to win one of the most feature-packed smartphones on the planet, from tech giants Samsung, The Samsung S6 Edge!

Digital Edition

Read the Hackney Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder