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10 Things We Learned From Bill Murray’s Glorious Reddit AMA

Posted on January 18, 2014 by
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When it comes to promoting something, Reddit has proved to be the best new way to communicate with fans. After all, Benedict Cumberbatch managed to delightfully troll fans when he went on the site to promote The Fifth Estate.

Following his lead is the wonderful Bill Murray, who did a Reddit AMA to promote his new movie The Monuments Men  coming out on February 7th. And because Bill never disappoints, his chat session with fans was especially delightful.

Case in Point:  This was how he introduced himself.

And with that said, let’s get to the good stuff. Here are 10 things we learned about the actor during his AMA. Not only was he funny, he was also incredibly insightful.

1) He tried to make Garfield the movie better: 

“I had a hilarious experience with Garfield. I only read a few pages of it, and I kind of wanted to do a cartoon movie, because I had looked at the screenplay and it said “Joel Cohen” on it. And I wasn’t thinking clearly, but it was spelled Cohen, not Coen,” he said.

“So this was an odd movie because the live footage had been shot, but the cat was still this gray blob onscreen. So I start working with this script and I’m supposed to start re-recording and thinking “I can do a funnier line than that” so I would start changing the dialogue that was written for the cat. Which kind of works, it sort of generally works, but then you realize the cat’s over here in a corner sitting on a counter, and I’m trying to think how I can make it make sense. So the other characters are already speaking these lines, and so I’m going “did he really say THAT?” and you’re kind of in this endgame of “how do I chess piece myself out of this one?”

2) He thinks the Marijuana Debate Is Over-Exaggerated. 

“People are realizing that the war on drugs is a failure, that the amount of money spent, you could have bought all the drugs with that much money rather than create this army of people and incarcerated people.”

Adding, “The fact that states are passing laws allowing it means that its threat has been over-exagerated. Psychologists recommend smoking marijuana rather than drinking if you are in a stressful situation. These are ancient remedies, alcohol and smoking, and they only started passing laws against them 100 years ago.”

And with that said, Snoop Dogg even made an appearance.

3) He owes his brother Brian Murray for being his greatest influence: 

“To this day, if I have a question about something ethical or about being an actor or entertainer or a person or something like that, he’s a person who helped form me.”

4) Broken Flowers was his favourite movie to act in: 

“I gotta stay home, but if you make a movie that i could shoot within one hour of my house, I’ll do it.” he says. So when Jarmusch managed to find a suitable location, Murray recounts, “I didn’t think I could do any better than Broken Flowers, it’s a film that is completely realized, and beautiful, and I thought I had done all I could do to it as an actor. And then 6-7 months later someone asked me to work again, so I worked again, but for a few months I thought I couldn’t do any better than that.”

5) He is an avid golfer, and his favourite place to play the sport is Ireland. 

“That’s where my ancestors come from, and it’s the most beautiful country to play golf in, and when you come as a guest to play golf you are treated like a king.”

6) An urban legend about him still stands: 

When Reddit user Janet_Coquette asked:

“The rumor is that you went up to someone that was eating french fries, and took a french fry and ate it and said: “No one will believe you.”

Did this really happen, or is it an urban legend?”

All Bill could say was, “Well I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

7) He thinks Groundhog Day has one of the best scripts he’s ever seen. He also recommends Punxsutawney as a tourist destination:

 “It’s a script that was so unique, so original, and yet it got not acclaim. To me it was no question that it was the greatest script of the year. To this day people are talking about it, but they forget no one paid any attention to it at the time. The execution of the script, there were great people in it. It was a difficult movie to shoot because we shot in winter outdoors. If you ever get to go to Puxatawney (sic), you should go, it is one of the few things that is BETTER than advertised. It’s really something to see. But doing the movie, shooting the scenes over and over, it’s like an acting challenge. It’s like doing a play and those same scenes over and over and again, so you can try to make it better or deeper or funnier than you made it previously.”

8) He sang Happy Birthday to a fan just because he’s a generous and kind soul. He also talks about why he’s a fan of Wes Anderson: 

“(crooning)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU NN76…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUUUUU

First things first.

I really love the way Wes writes with his collaborators, I like the way he shoots, and I like HIM. I’ve become so fond of him. I love the way that he has made his art his life. And you know, it’s a lesson to all of us, to take what you love and make it the way you live your life, and that way you bring love into the world.”

9) When Bill Murray was in Japan filming Lost in Translation, he would ask the chef odd questions for fun: 

“I would go to sushi bars with a book I had called “Making Out in Japanese.” it was a small paperback book, with questions like “can we get into the back seat?” “do your parents know about me?” “do you have a curfew?” And I would say to the sushi chef “Do you have a curfew? Do your parents know about us? And can we get into the back seat?”

But when the chef caught on to his scheme, he eventually brought in a live eel, killed it and served it to Bill.

“It was the freshest thing I had ever eaten in my life,” says Bill.

10) Bill still doesn’t understand why he’s so awesome. 

“Well, nothing prepared me for being this awesome. It’s kind of a shock. It’s kind of a shock to wake up every morning and be bathed in this purple light.”

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