Tilda Swinton underwent hours in the makeup chair to play the 84-year-old dowager Madame D. "We're not usually working with a vast, Bruckheimer-type budget on my films, so often we're trying a work-around," said Wes Anderson. "But for the old-age makeup I just said, 'Let's get the most expensive people we can.'"
Saoirse Ronan's character is responsible for making the hotel's signature confection, the Courtisane au Chocolat. "Making them wasn't easy," says Ronan. "Forget the action scenes in Hanna (2011) - these little pastries were the hardest thing I've had to do in a movie."