Here at entertainment.ie, we cannot accurately put into words how much we love Bill Murray. Is it his laugh? How he just doesn't give a shit what anybody thinks? Maybe it's his ability to appear at random house parties. Here's 10 reasons we came up with. Bill, if you're reading this, get in touch. We've got a free house next weekend and you can crash on the couch.
10. HE APPEARS AT HOUSE PARTIES FROM SEEMINGLY NOWHERE
It's the urban legend that is actually true. Bill Murray regularly appears at house parties in New York and around the world and has the craic with people. It reached critical mass last summer when he announced - we're not sure if this is true or not - that he was going on a Bill Murray Party Crashing Tour. Yes, really. Venues and houses across the US posted signs outside saying "Bill Murray Can Crash Here". There was even a tour diary. Honestly. What comedic actor could inspire that kind of devotion?
9. HE CALLED CHEVY CHASE OUT ON HIS SHIT
We love Community. We love Chevy Chase's character, Pierce Hawthorne. However, Chevy Chase is a dick. He regularly clashed with Community's showrunner, Dan Harmon. The feud reached boiling point when Harmon played a voicemail Chase left on his voicemail, calling him an 'alcoholic' and other terrible stuff. How does Bill Murray fit into this? Murray knew he was a dick YEARS ago. Back when they were both on Saturday Night Live, they locked horns over pretty much everything. It even came to blows at one point with Murray calling Chase a "medium talent". Personally, we'd like them to bury the hatchet and get to work on another Caddyshack film.
8. HIS BEAUTIFUL SINGING VOICE
We've all seen 'Lost In Translation' and his rendition of Roxy Music's 'More Than This'. But did you know he also had an entire character on Saturday Night Live devoted to singing? Nick Winters, the Lounge Singer, was a sketch on the long-running show that had some fantastic songs. Not only that, he's been known to belt out a song or two whenever there's a live band at a party. Here he is singing with Clint Eastwood at some private bash. Yes, Clint Eastwood. Dirty Harry. That dude.
7. BILL F*CKIN' MURRAY
There are maybe three, four people in the world that automatically register this honour. Ron Fucking Swanson. Liam Fucking Neeson. Bill Murray has this honour. Here's a song about it.
6. HIS CAMEO IN ZOMBIELAND
It's often cited as the best cameo in modern film. And it absolutely is. Any regrets? Garfield, maybe.
5. HIS APPEARANCES ON LETTERMAN
Bill Murray was the very first guest on David Letterman, all the way back in 1982. And now it's become a running gag that he just fucks with him every time he's on the show. He's planted actors in the audience, called the President of CBS live on-air to look for Superbowl tickets, turned up in bizarre costumes and even had himself dragged to the stage by heavies. Who else would have the balls to do that? Bill Fucking Murray, that's who.
4. HIS ONE-LINERS AND WIT
You take any of his films and Bill Murray manages to get a one-liner in. This right here is our favourite.
3. DIVERSVE ROLES
There's very few actors that are able to switch from comedy to drama and back again like Bill Murray can. It's not that it's been a gradual progression, it's that he's able to switch between the two without missing a beat. You look at 'Lost In Translation', it has the perfect mix of comedy, drama and romance. He's done every kind of film, pretty much. He's done Oscar-bait drama (Hyde Park On Hudson), he's done action comedy (Ghostbusters), he's done off-beat dramedy (Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom), he's done animation (Osmosis Jones).
2. THE FACT HE HAS NO AGENT, PUBLICIST, BUSINESS MANAGER
Bill Murray is known for his hatred of the Hollywood system. He deliberately makes a point of not having an agent, publicist or business manager. So how does he get roles, you ask? He set up a 1800 number and people leave him voice-messages with pitches. It's not foolproof, though. He admits he lost out on some roles because he doesn't check it regularly.
1. THE FILMS HE'S BEEN IN
Just look at the films he's done. Caddyshack. Groundhog Day. Ghostbusters. Stripes. Lost In Translation. Tootsie. Scrooged. Ed Wood. Space Jam. That level of quality for over thirty years is pretty incredible. Here's to thirty more.