Thanks to reader Jon for pointing us to this Bill Murray interview that is far more revealing than any he’s done lately (he never does them at all). ¬†Reading through it, it’s easier to understand why Murray isn’t Mr. Popular in Hollywood. ¬†One has to be Marlon Brando or Katharine Hepburn good for the AMPAS to put up with people who have attitudes. ¬†When Bill Murray was up against Sean Penn, Penn took the lead because Clint Eastwood sort of forced him to do the monkey dance. ¬†And he did it well. ¬†He put on a suit and shook a lot of hands, gave a lot of speeches – his above-it-all ‘tude was just not there. ¬†Bill Murray, on the other hand, showed up but he didn’t really do the monkey dance. ¬†I can see how this would be irritating after a while. ¬†If you’re an actor you pretty much have to do the other part of the job. ¬†It can’t just be you on your own private island. ¬†Somehow, Murray has done this and earned himself a nifty indie street cred in the process.
He’s clearly a pain in the ass. ¬†But hard to not like the guy, ¬†I guess, no matter what. ¬†Here is Murray on why he did Garfield, “not for the dough!”:
No! I didn’t make that for the dough! Well, not completely. I thought it would be kind of fun, because doing a voice is challenging, and I’d never done that. Plus, I looked at the script, and it said, “So-and-so and Joel Coen.” And I thought: Christ, well, I love those Coens! They’re funny. So I sorta read a few pages of it and thought, Yeah, I’d like to do that. I had these agents at the time, and I said, “What do they give you to do one of these things?” And they said, “Oh, they give you $50,000.” So I said, “Okay, well, I don’t even leave the fuckin’¬†driveway for that kind of money.”