Vulture have brought us an article called 7 Steps to Living a Bill Murray Life and it is as fantastic as it sounds. Murray is an extravagant and eccentric genius both in life and in comedy. He lives his life how those cheesy posts on Pinterest tell us we’re supposed to; treating each day as his last, appreciating the little moments and prioritizing happiness. Matt Damon told the story of how Murray hopped on a train to Prague in the middle of the night before the Berlin Film Festival because he ” had never been” and was back to work first thing the next morning. He is often in the news for having crashed bachelor parties, engagement photo shoots, concerts and karaoke bars. He’s been known to start bar tending at events, quote quirky Japanese guidebooks to sushi chefs and sit on 97 year old women’s laps. When he crashes a party he doesn’t just show his face and have a drink, he imparts some of the best wisdom a person could ask for in that it’s both hilarious and true.
Murray lives his life to the full with great stories and better friends whom he always takes the time to acknowledge. When the idea of an all-female ghost busters cast came into play, Murray made some recommendations including his St. Vincent co-star Melissa McCarthy, SNL actress Kristen Wiig, Freaks and Geeks girl Linda Cardellini and Superbad‘s Emma Stone. He said he liked the idea of an all-female cast because “there are some funny girls out there”.
The living legend thinks autographs are boring and instead opts to make slow-mo walking movies with his fans. He doesn’t have an agent but uses a voicemail service that people can leave pitches on. The only reason he did the movie Garfield was because he thought it was written by Joel Coen of the Coen brothers not Joen Cohen of Evan Almighty. His reason for Garfield 2: A Tale of Two Kitties has yet to be explained. His wonderfully odd behavior comes from a self awareness of his status, and when he walks into the diner your eating in, sits down in front of you and takes some fries of your plate you can be assured that you will be left with the parting line “No one will ever believe you“.
His rapport does not stop with his fans or his co-stars but with friends within the industry such as David Letterman. Murray has been interviewed on the show numerous times and each time he has brought a sense of occassion; dressing up as a jockey, Peter Pan and Liberachi. He’s ticked off his bucket list, gone dumpster diving and put his “bum leg” up as a talking piece. The man is as entertaining as a character can get, and is perhaps the most inspirational living legend around as he reminds us all not to be like him but to remember to be ourselves. “So what’s it like to be me? You can ask yourself, What’s it like to be me? You know, the only way we’ll ever know what it’s like to be you is if you work your best at being you as often as you can, and keep reminding yourself: That’s where home is.”