Bill Murray: The Living LegendNot many people truly deserve the title of ‘The Living Legend’. Bill Murray does though, and here’s why
William James “Bill” Murray first warmed our hearts when he appeared on Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell. Since then he’s become famous for roles in such films as Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters and Lost in Translation.
He’s also become something of an enigma; the person who can do just about anything, and we’ll all still love him. Here’s why:
HE KNOWS HOW TO MAKE AN ENTRANCE
Appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman, Bill showed exactly how to make an entrance. No one does it better.
HE FIRED HIS AGENTS
If you want to cast Bill Murray in a movie role you need to know his mysterious 1-800 phone number and leave a voicemail pitching your idea. This can be tricky though: it’s automated so you can’t really be sure that you’re speaking to him and he rarely checks his messages.
He’s said to have missed out on a few roles because of this including Iron Man, Monsters, Inc. and Bad Santa. More like, they missed out on Bill Murray.
HE LIKES TO SHARE
Everyman Adam Smeaton had the best start to life in L.A. after moving to Southern California. Sat in a burger place with his brother, they found themselves in the midst of the legend and asked him if he would take a photo with them.
He obliged, of course, but also joined them at their booth and proceeded to chat with them – while nonchalantly eating Adam’s fries without asking.
HE DOESN’T DO AUTOGRAPHS
He finds it too impersonal. But he does do slow motion walks down the hall with people who ask him nicely enough.
SHAKE HANDS WITH BILL
We all remember Banzai. The segment with Mr. Shake Hands was a particular highlight. Add to the mix Bill Murray and you’re onto a winner. That must have been 89 seconds of pure bliss.
SING WITH BILL
Bill Murray is voicing Baloo the Bear in the live-action remake of The Jungle Book. Appearing on the American talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! he treated us to an unrehearsed rendition of “The Bare Necessities” along with co-star Neel Sethi. Effortless.
Have you heard the one about Bill going into a crowded bar in Austin, Texas with RZA and GZA of the Wu Tang Clan and doing a bit of impromptu bartending? The punchline is that no matter what anyone ordered, he served them shots of Tequila.
CRASHES PARTY, DOES THE WASHING UP
Bill was visiting St. Andrews in Scotland for a celebrity golf tournament and met 22-year-old student Lykke Stavnef in a bar. He then accompanied Lykke and her friends to a party where he joined in the festivities and did the dishes before leaving.
HE CRASHES KICKBALL GAMES TOO
A group of friends were playing kickball in the park when Bill appeared out of nowhere and started playing along with them. Cue a round of high-fives, Bill picking up one of the player’s mums in his arms and the players posing for a picture to honour the moment.
HE CRASHES EVERYTHING
Nothing is sacred to Bill. And who cares when he’s this damn cool? Erik Rogers and Ashley Donald sure weren’t bothered when Bill turned up during the couple’s engagement pictures. Noticing that the couple were distracted by someone, wedding photographer Raheel Gauba had a nice surprise.
He told the Post and Courier: “I turn around and it’s Bill Murray with his shirt up, belly out, tapping his belly and trying to make them laugh.” Gauba asked Bill if he wanted to be in a photo. “Sure I would,” Bill replied.