8 September 2011

Bill Murray gives rambling awesome totally billmurray interview:

He is one of the greatest comic actors alive. A man who’s navigated his career with a peerless instinct for quality and self-respect. The man behind movies—from Caddyshack to Stripes, from Rushmore to Lost in Translation—that seem to have defined a dozen different moments in our cultural life. But he is also a man beholden to no one, not the studios, not the audience, not even an agent. And as he sits down with Dan Fierman to discuss everything from the lameness of Ron Howard to the genius of Kung Fu Hustle, you can be pretty sure he’s going to tell you exactly what he thinks.

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What’s next? If not Ghostbusters 3, I mean.

I have this friend of mine now, Mitch Glazer, who wrote a screenplay that he wanted to direct. And some actor jumped, just got terrified at working with Mickey Rourke. Just jumped. And lost his balls, really. [Extensive Googling reveals he’s talking about Toby Kebbell.] And Mitch called me and said, “I’m dead. I shoot in nine days.” And the open part was much more interesting than what he originally wanted me to play. [beat] The movie is such a long shot. So impossible. But I live to go down with those guys that have no fuckin’ chance. It’s like that Tim Robbins movie I did. What was it called? About the ’30s?

Cradle Will Rock?

Yeah. Okay, so I see the script, and he goes, “Whaddya think?” And I said, “It doesn’t have a chance. It doesn’t have a chance in hell, Tim! [laughs] But you know what? I gotta like you for trying.” Those are my people, you know? The ones who are going to crash and burn.

Last question. I have to know, because I love this story and want it to be true. There have been stories about you sneaking up behind people in New York City, covering their eyes with your hands, and saying: Guess who. And when they turn around, they see Bill Murray and hear the words “No one will ever believe you.”

[long pause] I know. I know, I know, I know. I’ve heard about that from a lot of people. A lot of people. I don’t know what to say. There’s probably a really appropriate thing to say. Something exactly and just perfectly right. [long beat, and then he breaks into a huge grin] But by God, it sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Just so crazy and unlikely and unusual?

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