Recent findings suggest that actor Bill Murray’s combination of irascibility and seemingly world-general indifference acts as a powerful tonic to the times.
Murray, 62, the beloved star of dozens of films from four decades of American life, need only get drunk and play golf to inexplicably delight us beyond reason - though film appearances greatly expand the audience for the actor’s continued enjoyment of his life.
‘Something about him just goofing around on a golf cart, or staring blankly and intoning his lines in a new Wes Anderson movie,’ says recently unemployed roofer Darryl Cuthbert. ‘It just fills me with this warm feeling, like summer camp, or meth.’
The twice-divorced father of six, who routinely ignores the brightest creative offers for lack of interest, ‘just seems to have it all figured out’, according to Beverly Kemper, a Manhattan socialite. After seeing him deliver a bored, meandering speech at an awards dinner, Kemper claimed she had ‘never had so much fun.’
‘I’m a grown woman, and I was laughing so hard I literally almost peed myself,’ says Kemper when asked to recall the details. ‘He just kept talking about Sofia Coppola, and the candy in his mouth, and uh...hm.’
A comedian above all, but with dramatic chops, Murray seems most endearing to us all when indulging the life-long habits of substance abuse and philandering that plagued his marriages. One viral video has him lounging around a closed movie set clutching a bottle of peach schnapps in an ostensible attempt to promote a new film.
Fortunately for his many fans, this clown just seems to get funnier the sadder he looks.
Cinemaphiles point to his portrayal of Herman Blume in Rushmore as a shining example. ‘You know that scene, where Max asks him how he is, and he just has this dead-eyed stare and says ‘I’m a little lonely these days’?’ says film student Josh Galetti. ‘I laughed my ass off!’
Although everyone seems to recognize the feeling, no one has been able to figure out exactly what it is about the star of Caddyshack that makes them suddenly forget why they’re not laughing.
‘I mean really, who can say no to Bill Murray, about anything?’ opines Galetti. ‘The human race is always just so glad he showed up.’