Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Happy Birthday Bill Murray

Thirty years at the pinnacle of show business hasn't blunted his sense of humour; in fact, Bill Murray's comedy persona seems to have appeared - fully formed - in 1976, and has only gotten richer and deeper and shinier over the years...

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketWhile conducting research for this piece I came across a rare flash of insight in, of all places, a YouTube comment: he did his selling out early, so he's always been able to be genuine.

Well, it certainly involves a great deal of selling out to appear on Saturday Night Live, which is where Bill Murray got his start. But in my humble opinion, though, you can't sell out if you don't buy in, and that's what he's done.

The rumour is he doesn't even have an agent. That doesn't mean much in and of itself - after all, I couldn't get an agent to let me detail their car, let alone find me a job. However, I'm just a blogger and he's a comedy legend - having appeared in such chucklefests as Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, Tootsie, and Little Shop of Horrors.

Still, he's no slouch in the drama department either, having garnered rave reviews for performances in films as diverse as The Razor's Edge, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Rushmore, and Lost in Translation.
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