2010 has turned into quite the banner year for journalists hoping to interview Bill Murray. For whatever the reason — perhaps a New Year’s resolution to return the calls made to his infamous 800-number — the notoriously elusive Murray is suddenly kind of everywhere! The result has pulled back the curtain to reveal a guy who just plain loves traffiking in off-book celebrity commentary that laypeople only dream about reading. His latest interview comes courtesy of GQ, where Murray chalks up his voice work in the much-derided Garfield to confusion over the film’s writer; Murray thought the script was credited to Joel Coen of Coen Brothers fame, but it was really Joel Cohen of Daddy Day Camp fame. Seriously.
Who else has gotten the short end of Murray’s ire here in 2010? The Observer offers you a handy guide to the newest members of the Enemies of Bill Murray Club.
While being interviewed by BlackBook, Murray recalled a time when actor Josh Hartnett came up to him at a restaurant. “This guy shakes my hand and says, ‘You worked on Lost in Translation with my [then] girlfriend. Was she as much trouble for you as she was for me?’ But Scarlett [Johansson] was 17 when I worked with her, so no, she wasn’t. [...] I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but I don’t know who the fuck anyone is.” But wait, hasn’t he seen Hollywood Homocide? To his credit, Murray also couldn’t remember Jennifer Love Hewitt’s name either, referring to her in GQ as “[W]hat’s-her-name. The mind reader, pretty girl, really curvy girl, body’s one in a million?”
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The Year One screenwriters might want to grab a couple of helmets. Once a pair of hot commodities — thanks to their work on The Office — Year One director Harold Ramis tapped them to write the script for Ghostbusters 3. The only problem? Year One. Said Murray: “Well, I never went to see Year One, but people who did, including other Ghostbusters, said it was one of the worst things they had ever seen in their lives. So that dream just vaporized. That was gone.” Nothing like a comedy icon admitting that he and his comedy icon buddies laugh at how bad your writing is, right?
You might have never heard of Toby Kebbell before, but now you’ll forever know him as…well, let Murray tell it: “I have this friend of mine now, Mitch Glazer, who wrote a screenplay that he wanted to direct. And some actor jumped, just got terrified at working with Mickey Rourke. Just jumped. And lost his balls, really.” Not sure what’s more emasculating: that statement or the fact that Kebbell is yet another person whose name Murray couldn’t be bothered to remember.
Always hoped to see Murray and Jerry Seinfeld share the screen? Keep hoping. “I never saw Seinfeld until the final episode, and that’s the only one I saw. And it was terrible. I’m watching, thinking, ‘This isn’t funny at all. It’s terrible!’”