The Internet has crowned Bill Murray king.
And justly so — if you can’t find enough photos, gifs, and seemingly made-up tales of the iconic actor online, we have yet another story to add fuel to the Bill Murray fire.
Kurtwood Smith recently gave a career-spanning interview to the A.V. Club, in which he talked about his experiences filming Quick Change, a 1990 film that Murray starred in and co-directed.
When asked for an anecdote about working with Murray, Smith gave a classic example of Murray being spontaneously funny on set.
But before we get to the story, here is a little background on why Bill Murray is totally killing it:
1. He played eccentric characters in cult classics such as Caddyshack (1980), Ghostbusters (1984), and Groundhog Day (1993).
2. This is how he looks and acts on a red carpet.
3. He showed up to Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2010 dressed as Jimi Hendrix.
And then changed into this outfit.
4. This is what he wears to play golf.
5. He “popped out of nowhere” during a game of kickball on Roosevelt Island in New York one afternoon. He played for a bit, posed for this picture, and then left.
6. He’s friends with RZA and GZA from Wu-Tang Clan.
And spends a day cruising with Hunter S. Thompson.
And made an epic cameo as himself in Zombieland, in which he died.
8. There is an entire website devoted to stories of seemingly random and fictitious encounters with him. Most end with Murray saying, “No one will ever believe you.” So they must be true?
9. He is the co-owner of several minor league baseball teams. He is even listed as the “Team Psychologist” for the St. Paul Saints. His duties include “morale boosting and train spotting.”
10. Finally, he always makes a grand entrance when appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Alright, so here’s the story (which basically just serves as more proof that Murray is the coolest guy in Hollywood):
If the name Kurtwood Smith doesn’t ring a bell, you probably know him best as Red Forman from That ’70s Show.
Production was well underway for the movie Quick Change (1990), which Smith was appearing in. The film made the effort to move the entire production to Florida to shoot one scene in a studio with a mock-up of an airliner. Smith says they casted enough extras to fill the entire plane, so needless to say there were A LOT of people inside this hot and sticky Florida studio.
“So there were just tons of people. And we got ready for Bill to call, ‘Action!’ So he said, ‘Okay, everybody ready? Sound? Everybody…?’ And then he starts singing. You know the song ‘Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)?’ He starts singing it kind of like the lounge guy he used to do on Saturday Night Live… and he sings the entire song. All the verses. The entire song. Then he says, ‘Action!’ It had nothing to do with anything. But we were all quite entertained. It was great!”
Classic Bill Murray. Just another reason why we love him so much.
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