In what has to rank among Reddit staff as contender for The Best Day At Work Ever, Bill Murray arrived at the website's office this week to conduct an 'Ask Me Anything' session with users (for the second time, no less) in order to promote new movie Rock The Kasbah.
Murray's verdict on the digital junket? "This was a blast. Really fun guys. Enjoyed this immensely. We had a bit of tequila. Whatever. See the movie. Talk soon."
Here are the highlights.
"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 recognised 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."
- On the best and worst things about being Bill Murray
"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 plus 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. 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."
- On the best party Bill ever gatecrashed
"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."
- On making Caddyshack with Rodney Dangerfield
"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."
- On who should play a young Bill in a biopic
"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."
- On the role that got away
- Bill's superhero power of choice.
"I'm a Buster Keaton guy, he's really physical. Chaplin is really beautiful and he's really wonderful. But the stuff that Buster did, it's ungodly how dangerous it was. The physical stuff he could do? Charlie could do the romantic, scamp thing. But Buster, his heart just flamed out through his eyes. He was something. In physical. To say that Charlie Chaplin isn't physical is also absurd. That's god. The dinner roll dance? But Buster should get the same attention."
- On Buster Keaton vs Charlie Chaplin
"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 [Screen Actors Guild] 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 dont know what I bring to the movies. 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.
"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 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."
- On working with Wes Anderson
"You're not supposed to have favourite children. The early ones were fun, when people weren't as fussy. What About Bob, was reallly fun. We were on a lake in Smith Mountain, Virginia. We took over a resort, Labor Day night was a brawl and in the morning everyone was gone. We waterskiied on a full moon... it's a moonshine county there. The party would start at 5:45pm and full tilt at 06:08. We crashed a MC Hammer concert, we're an hour from Roanoke. We had to find our way back to see the concert. I called and said I want to see this show, I said I'm bringing people. We hired a bus, 55 people completely party all the way to the place get there and bouncers are like "Hey Bill! Aw man how many withchu?" and they put us on the side of the stage. Anyway, that movie was fun.
"I think Broken Flowers, that was a perfectly directed movie, and I really did retire at that moment. Retire sounds horrible. I thought: what can I do any better? I think I'm doing pretty well. It so happened I started having a second life and working with Wes, Sofia and they kept coming. I thought I made my mark, made my bones. I thought there was something else I could do but nothing really appeared."
- On his favourite of his movies