Bill Murray: I Thought Garfield Was Coen Bros. Movie

In rare interview, he finally explains odd career choice
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2010 8:11 AM CDT
"Get Low" cast member Bill Murray is interviewed at the premiere of the film during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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(Newser) – Bill Murray is known for not giving interviews—he’s sat for four in the past 10 years—but he gave one to Dan Fierman for GQ. In it, he admits he’s never seen Seinfeld, calls Kung Fu Hustle “the supreme achievement of the modern age in terms of comedy,” says the Ghostbusters 3 rumors are “a bunch of crock,” and explains why the heck he did Garfield—and the whole time, “as best as I can tell, he was not fucking with me,” Fierman writes. “But who knows?”

As for Garfield, Murray claims he agreed to do the cartoon cat’s voice because he thought the movie was written by Joel Coen of the Coen brothers (“And I thought: Christ, well, I love those Coens!”), not Joel Cohen. As he was recording, “the lines got worse and worse,” and he eventually wondered, “‘Who the hell cut this thing? Who did this? What the fuck was Coen thinking?’ And then they explained it to me: It wasn't written by that Joel Coen.” Read the entire interview here.

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