I interviewed Bill Murray once, on the red carpet for the premiere of “The Darjeeling Limited” at the New York Film Festival. I would have been intimidated under optimal circumstances; this was Bill freaking Murray, man. Pete Venkman! But you hear these stories about him, that he’s weird, that he’s a tough interview, that if you want to get in touch with him you have to call his 1-800 number and wait for him to get back to you, and you worry. While that last one’s totally true, I think the rest of his bad rep is nonsense: Murray’s an awesome interview. He’s entertaining and he never gives stock answers. Even on that “Darjeeling” red carpet, with paparazzi everywhere and passerbys screaming at him, he was on fire. He reeled off like six great lines in two and a half minutes. Pete Venkman lives.
That said, I didn’t ask him to do Pete Venkman for me. I wanted to more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my life, but I didn’t. But maybe I should have. Turns out, Murray responds favorably to such requests. As proof, take this interview he just did on CNBC’s early morning show “Squawk Box.” The topic is golf and the host, Joe Kernan, spends the entire time trying to coax a Carl Spackler impression out of Murray. He starts quoting “Caddyshack” right off the top — he doesn’t introduce Murray by name but he refers to the “tears in his eyes, I guess” and a “cinderella story” (appropriate, the reference is outta nowhere). As the interview winds down, he tries again and finally Murray — who surely got the hint the first eight times Kernan tried — indulges him, dropping an amazing anecdote about playing the 18th hole at Pebble Beach and being forced against his will to drop some Spackler.
So kudos to Bill Murray, interview extraordinaire, for indulging a fan. Here’s the video:
[H/T The Wrap]