Hey Reddit

I'm Bill Murray, I think we've met before?

I'm back to answer your burning questions. And to give the kids at Reddit a hard time in their office so I'm gonna be a smidge late, but start piling them on and try to be original if you can.

It's nice being in San Francisco.

I'm doing this AMA on behalf of Rock the Kasbah, my new movie out this Friday and also because...well, frankly I missed you.

Getting some assistance from the AMA team leader

Here's the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOV14l58Ekg

PHOTO PROOF: http://imgur.com/X55mG6P

PROOF: https://twitter.com/KasbahMovie/status/656590250760769536

Alright, give it to me.


EDIT: This was a blast. Really fun guys. Enjoyed this immensely. See the movie. Talk soon.

*edit- top level responses edited for grammar and punctuation

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[deleted]3717 karma

Hey Murray! Do you remember that wild man Tom ***** from Boston? Well he’s my dad. I’ve heard a bunch stories about the two of you bumming around for a little while in the 70’s and according to him you even showed up at my grandparents house in Ohio looking for him once… He still tells the story about how you two walked around NYC on a mission to find pink rolling papers and heart-shaped sunglasses and I’m sure he’s only scratched the surface.

Anyway, if you’re ever in Boston and feel like catching up/shooting the shit I’m sure he’d love to see you and would probably shit his pants if you showed up. There wasn’t really a question in there but this is probably gonna get buried anyways so fuck it.

Edit: took out dad's name, probably smart...

_BillMurray3619 karma

Uh, yes, I know Tom. We called him "Co" back then, cause he was a hipster. I sent someone looking for Co looking for him years ago, this person found him, and he was running for office. The person I sent was not someone your father wanted to be affiliated with while running a campaign. He was a funny guy. If you're his kid, you're probably funny too. Tell your Dad to lay low, his past is gonna catch up with him.

We got pulled driving a car back in the days of rage in Chicago. When people pulled people over, Co had long hair. We got pulled over from a cop. We thought we were screwed. Co was driving the car, and he handed the cop his driver's license. The cop was so delighted, he said, "Do they have stoplights in Rocky River Ohio?" it sounds like what it looks like. Rocky River.

The cop enjoyed making fun of the hillbilly's long hair.

Here's another one about Co: Its almost the same story, we were riding around in the middle of the night, and I think I was driving this time and the cop pulled up. It was bad. I said "Excuse me, we're looking for the baseball bat?" and he paused and he backed up 2 steps and looked at me real hard. The Claes Oldenburg Baseball Bat, it's oversized, 150 feet tall.

So the cop says, "The Calder Standing Mobile is the city of Chicago building." And the Chagall painted windows at the First National Bank, we thought we'd be beaten. And the idea of 9 guys riding around looking for art installations, it was just funny.

Shitty_Watercolour3467 karma

Welcome to reddit! http://i.imgur.com/jJxAckr.png

Lost in Translation is one of my favourite films of all time. That and Groundhog Day/St Vincent/Rushmore to me have their beauty in portraying isolation and connection side by side in such a convincing yet fragile way, and your characters in general have a great sense of comfort in who they are. My question is: Which of your characters do you relate to the most, and which would you get along best with?

_BillMurray1558 karma

Oh golly, that's kind of a long way to get to that one. Let's say I like this latest guy, he's closest to my head right now. He manages to make his way, and he has some contact with his conscience. Like most of us, it appears - his actual salvation is he finds his conscience. Some of the other fellas can wear it closer, but this guy is in a crisis situation and still gets in touch with his conscience.

thefutureofhollywood1281 karma

What's the best thing about being Bill Murray?

What's the worst thing about being Bill Murray?

_BillMurray2834 karma

The worst thing about it, they're one in the same. You wish you could walk down the street and look at things, and watch things uninterrupted. The shock of being recognized brings you out of this place where you're just trying to take it in. Its an obligation and you're reminded you have to show up. It's a coin with two sides.

As much as I don't like the one side, the other side is what might save me.

CustomPlay880 karma

Howdy Bill! What was the best party you've ever crashed?

_BillMurray3091 karma

Well, we crashed a famous party called the "Subway Party" to celebrate the premiere of Tommy (in the 70s). It was Gilda Radner, Belushi, Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty, Brian Doyle Murray, and we were all +1, probably. It was biggest party ever in NYC at the time. You couldn't get into this party. It was an inner circle thing. It was at an enclosed subway stop. It was a roar, it was a scream! If you made an airport movie with everyone on the plane is a celebrity, it was like that times 10.

We were doing a show in the restaurant cabaret. The guys catering were the same guys who gave us left over french fries. We went into the back door to the subway with everyone. Everyone saying hi, hello. And we felt like we didn't belong at all. It was so fantastic!

I have compassion when people say dumb stuff to me. I said to Andy Warhol, "I love the soup can!" and he looked at me like "You don't belong here."

What a time that was.

HangPotato778 karma

How would you describe your relationship with Wes Anderson and the influence you have on his movies and roles?

Edit: Gold?

_BillMurray808 karma

You know, there's a lot of those guys who want those parts. There's a lot of bitter actors out there. We went to a SAG thing, during Oscar season you go to these things. They have the entire cast onstage, and the director. You think someone will ask a question? Not one. These are people who are really pissed and auditioning for the director at the same time.

I don't know what I bring to the movies. I bring to it, what he writes. What I got with him, when he had money to spend, like in Rushmore? I think I gave him confidence, and I fought the people who were ugly on set. I said don't worry about this thing, I'll make sure this shot happens. I'm like a uncle.

I don't know what I'm like.

We have a lot of fun. We go to shoot in Newport, in a Newport mansion, just to have the experience of it. While we work, the actors are there. The editing is there, and we just slouch down and have breakfast and go to work. He loves to live well and he loves to eat. He hires a cook, but basically means you can work 18 hours. Somewhere around 7:30, and then he wants 3 more scenes and you're doing the math. Then you eat dinner at midnight and its great but you gotta work til 10 and then you are waiting to shower, you're woozy. Then you go to sleep. I give nothing to the movie, but I'm good company.

We've had great success together, the people who work for him are slavishly devoted to getting it done and making sure his vision gets done in that way. There's sort of some guys who get a special pass, and sometimes suggestions are great. He doesn't like to fly, he prefers ground travel. I'm telling you guys this, and he came through, and we worked in Santa Fe. We gotta get down to this train, so we met these Mariachi band. 8 violins and a couple big guitars. They were striking! I said "OH, COME ON!" They had a layover. "Let's get something to eat".

We got great Mexican food. We ate outdoors. Wes said "I felt something funny when you opened the door" and the whole train station just got filled with their music. They played to them as the train pulled away. We had someone else on the film get married, and we got this same bland all women band to blast them with music.

Eoiny597 karma

What was Rodney Dangerfield like to work with on Caddyshack?

_BillMurray1010 karma

There are not many people alive who could party with Rodney. He would have left you all for dead. He really went hard, he was fun. He was funny. The thing that's notable about the movie, there's several great comedians in the movie. Crazy different styles. Ted Knight is different from Chevy, who is different from Rodney, who is different than my brother.

Henry Wilcoxon, he was like the original Antony in Antony and Cleopatra. He came here, a savage hunk and then in our movie. He's playing a bishop! In my free time on the movie, I spent it with him. That's who I wanted to talk to, that's who had an irony and experience beyond us.

He was super cool.

TheManWithNoEyes505 karma

In your family, who's the funny one?

_BillMurray962 karma

Well, my brother Brian, you can see smoke coming out of his head. He will ruminate on some thing and all of the sudden, and just throws it out there and it splatters the room. It's like, wow! I dont know how it works in his brain. You can see him thinking, and then it comes.

My brother Joel is funny, my brother John is funny. They're all pretty funny. My sister Peggy is funny. But Brian, he has a real gift.

mondojay348 karma

Who would you get to play the younger you in a biopic?

_BillMurray626 karma

Who can I lay that on?

Would I be alive or dead?

I met a guy who played Belushi in a movie, and I wanted to kill him.

Who would I want to play? I wouldn't wish that on anyone...there's no one really... I like the little kid who was in The Royal Tenenbaums, one of the twins.

Mr_Stratos336 karma

What was the role that "got away"? (You didn't necessarily have to audition for it and not receive the part, you could just have missed your chance to play the role)

_BillMurray564 karma

The only role i wanted I didn't get: The Year Of Living Dangerously by Peter Weir. I wasn't a big shot. Mel Gibson lived in Australia. I'd been to Indonesia and I thought I understood that movie. When I saw it, I was like, damn! That was the only one I wanted I didn't get.

Peter Weir is...something else.

imtheasianlad269 karma

If you were a superhero what would be your power?

_BillMurray529 karma


macremefiend240 karma

If you HAD to choose one reality TV show to be on which would you choose and why?

_BillMurray554 karma

Flavor Of Love. The idea that he had some of the most — would I consider maybe not the most desirable women in the world. They were really nutty. I mean really crazy.

I'd think The Amazing Race. It was like a show I watched in Paris, similar to that. One episode I saw, they had to fight their way to the top of a hotel in Singapore, and answer impossible questions. I used to watch it just to see people completely fall apart. They would try to answer, and it would kill them. But The Amazing Race looks like a lot of fun. You get to go to a bunch of places. It calls on all your skills. I tell people, "If you want to get married, travel around the world first, cause then you get to know people better."

Its a test of wills to travel. I think The Amazing Race would be fun.

Melissadacruzz226 karma

Hey Bill.... i need to know what your secret to life is? I know you're gonna have an awesome answer!

_BillMurray571 karma

If I tell you, its not a secret right? Think of what you said. Then I'm not the person who can keep a secret.

You almost tricked me, its not going to happen.

Unless I have a couple of drinks.

suaveitguy106 karma

Who is the best raconteur you know?

_BillMurray198 karma

I know some great ones! I enjoy listening to Jim Downey. Jim Downey is someone who can't and wouldn't shut up. He can really, really talk. He can really, really go. He is funny.

Hunter S Thompson was really about being alive in the moment. He wrote stories in his books, but he didn't tell you stories so much as you had to live what you were doing. He was a writer, for sure. But Jim Downey, he's the funniest.

Harvard Lampoon, SNL, all-time. His phone message, he didn't even used to have a telephone, now he calls and leaves 11 minute long messages.