Bill Murray agreed to star as the voice of ‘Garfield’ in the 2004 movie of the same name because he thought it was written by Joel Coen (of ‘The Coen Brothers’). It was actually written by Joel Cohen (not of ‘The Coen Brothers’).
“I thought it would be kind of fun, because doing a voice is challenging, and I’d never done that. Plus, I looked at the script, and it said, “So-and-so and Joel Cohen.’ And I thought: ‘Christ, well, I love those Coens!’ They’re funny. So I sorta read a few pages of it and thought, ‘Yeah, I’d like to do that.’
“Finally I went out to L.A. to record my lines… and the lines got worse and worse. And I said, ‘Okay, you better show me the whole rest of the movie, so we can see what we’re dealing with.’ So I sat down and watched the whole thing, and I kept saying, ‘Who the hell cut this this thing? Who did this? What the f**k was Coen thinking? And then they explained it to me: it wasn’t written by Joel Coen.”
(via Contact Music)
Rather than deal with agents, Bill Murray has set up a toll-free number where people can leave a message for him. If he wants to work with you, he will call you back.
“I have this phone number that they call and talk. And then I listen. I just sort of decide. I might listen and say, ‘OK, why don’t you put it on a piece of paper, and if it’s interesting, I’ll call you back, and if it’s not, I won’t.'”
(also via Contact Music)
Bill Murray – Greatest Actor of all time.
And for good measure, here’s Bill with RZA and GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, in a coffee house (from Jim Jarmusch’s “Coffee and Cigarettes”)