Bill Murray, the star of popular films like Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, and many more, is known for his comedic ways. Though the world may view him as a funny or nice guy, many celebrities who have worked with the actor have different opinions.
These stories about Bill Murray, told by actors and directors who have had firsthand experiences with him, could be considered wild, with some ending in fights, while others could be considered sweet, giving him an endearing quality.
Vote up the stories about Bill Murray from people who know him best that you find most intriguing.
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Anjelica Huston and Bill Murray starred alongside one another in the 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. The movie, filmed mostly in Italy, follows renowned oceanographer Steve Zissou (Murray) as he seeks vengeance on a shark that killed one of his crew members. Huston plays his estranged wife Eleanor in the film.
He was a sh*t to me on Life Aquatic. The first week I was there, we were all in this little hotel, and he invited the entire cast to go and have dinner, except me. And everyone came down for dinner, a little dog-faced about my not being invited, and they were all like, "Oh, you know, we don’t really want to go." That was worse than anything...
I think we met again in Florence, because that movie was shot all over Italy, and we were doing a scene at Gore Vidal’s house in Ravello, and he said, "Hey, how’ve you been? I missed you." I said, "You’re full of sh*t. You didn’t miss me." He looked all confused for a moment. He’s been a little nicer to me since. He showed up at my husband’s funeral. He couldn’t have been nicer that day. He showed up. A lot of people didn’t.Intriguing story?
The 1991 film What About Bob? focuses on the awkward and uncomfortable tension between a therapist, played by Richard Dreyfuss, and his patient, portrayed by Bill Murray. Though their on-screen relationship seemed to be tight-knit, off-screen the two were far from it.
During a 2019 Role Recall interview, Dreyfuss voiced his displeasure over working with Murray, saying:
He was an Irish drunken bully, I didn't talk about it for years. Bill just got drunk at dinner... He came back from dinner [one night] and I said, "Read this [script tweak], I think it's really funny." And he put his face next to me, nose-to-nose. And he screamed at the top of his lungs, "Everyone hates you! You are tolerated!"
There was no time to react, because he leaned back and he took a modern glass-blown ashtray. He threw it at my face from [only a couple feet away]. And it weighed about three quarters of a pound. And he missed me. He tried to hit me. I got up and left.Intriguing story?
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Emma Stone and Bill Murray starred alongside one another in the 2015 film Aloha. The pair were also co-stars in Zombieland in 2009. During filming for Aloha, Stone had some health-related issues that caused her fatigue and sadness. Murray took it upon himself to cheer Stone up by buying her gifts and performing other small gestures.
In an interview with Yahoo, Stone recalled Murray's acts of kindness, saying:
I think Bill Murray was a little bit worried about me during Aloha because I had a really bad acne problem that they [edited] out of the movie [in post-production] because I was having some sleep issues. But seriously, on like a daily basis, he would bring me nice little presents. He would go to a concert and bring me a key chain, or he would go to a store and bring me Maui Onion potato chips... a visor, some slippers. It was pretty sweet.Intriguing story?
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The classic comedy Groundhog Day follows a cynical weatherman, Bill Murray, who is reliving the same day over and over. Harold Ramis, who directed the film, also makes an appearance in it as the neurologist. This was the fifth collaboration between the two - including the comedies Caddyshack, Stripes, and the first two Ghostbusters - and Ramis and Murray had become good friends through working on projects together.
However, some bad blood developed between them during the production of Groundhog Day. Despite having chemistry on-screen, the situation was much tenser backstage. Ramis wanted the film to be a comedy, while Murray wanted to take a more philosophical approach. Due to their differences on the genre of the movie, after it was filmed, the two decided to end their decades' long friendship.
At times, Bill was just really irrationally mean and unavailable; he was constantly late on set. What I’d want to say to him is just what we tell our children: "You don’t have to throw tantrums to get what you want. Just say what you want."Intriguing story?