My ultimate dinner party guest list (of people not already in my life) would be Stephen Fry, David Bowie, Sheryl Sandberg, Hillary Clinton and Bill Murray. If he would turn up. He probably wouldn’t, or would be really late. Or come in costume.
I don’t know when my love for Bill Murray started really. He’s in most of my favourite films like Rushmore, The Life Aquatic, Lost in Translation, Coffee & Cigarettes; all the hipster classics really. Oh and Ghostbusters!
It’s not just his acting, it’s his irresistable personality.
I was once at a wedding and sat next to a guest that i’d never met before. She lived in New York and told me this story about meeting Bill Murray (which meant we hit it off straight away and sitting next to a stranger for 3 hours became much less awkward):
I’ve paraphrased here. I don’t carry tape recorders around.
I was on the subway and there were lots of people on it who were going to the Yankees game. I saw Bill Murray sat opposite and I was like ‘Oh my God, it’s Bill Murray’. My hat was on a hat rack and it fell off. He picked it up as if he was going to give it to me, then put it on and walked off. He came back a few seconds later and gave it back. It was the best thing that’s ever happened.
That’s how I remember the story. I was so jealous.
People say Bill is a recluse, but I think he just decides when he wants to hang out with people and tries to avoid all the celebrity bollocks. He famously doesn’t have an agent, just a number you can call if you want to pitch a film to him. He rarely responds to messages left on the number.
As I write this post, I have found some stuff out about Bill that makes me sad.
Aparently his first wife divorced him because he had an affair and was violent.
From reading up on him it seems in his younger years he was very angry, arrogant and did what he wanted. He was moody and difficult on set.
Lately, the stories you hear about Murray are about him turning up to parties, giving fatherly advice, washing up, decorating soldiers at cermonies, helping in the community. It all sounds suspiciously like his character in St.Vinccent. There’s a whole website dedicated to his appearances and sweet deeds called BillMurraystory.com
Flaws aside, you can’t deny his charisma. He’s probably the most charasmatic person ever.
Check this out. Don’t watch the whole thing though, it’s really long.
I don’t agree with some of his past but I love his films and his attitude to celebrity and delighting stangers.
Here’s my favourite clip of Bill “Ghostbustin’ Ass” Murray. Enjoy.
Image Credit: Rebekah Stanhope