When we think of Bill Murray we think “comedic genius,” “indie icon,” “sardonic superstar”; we don’t really think “fat,” “fluffy,” “lasagna-scarfing cat.” So when Murray voiced the role of Garfield in the CGI children’s film with Dr. Evil’s son, Breckin Meyer and the ever-busty Jennifer Love Hewitt, we thought he was either broke or it was some sort of inside joke that Murray interpreted as performance art. Which would be charming and ironic. Just like Bill Murray.
Unfortunately, all those theories were wrong. So why did Bill Murray choose to be in what would inevitably be a box office flop? The truth is after the break.
Bill Murray thought he was going to be in a Coen film. Well, he was. Sort of. He was in a film by Joel Cohen (Cheaper By The Dozen, Toy Story) not the Coen Brothers (Fargo, The Big Lebowski) and we think that should have been evident when the title on the script read Garfield but apparently Bill Murray was fooled:
“I looked at the [‘Garfield’] script, and it said, ‘So-and-so and Joel Coen.’ And I thought…well, I love those Coens! They’re funny. So I sorta read a few pages of it and thought, Yeah, I’d like to do that. “
Granted, if we heard the Coen Brothers were doing a tongue-in-cheek CGI flick we’d be all over it too (hint, hint), but we are sure we believe the incredibly convenient story he tells:
“So I sat down and watched the whole thing, and I kept saying, ‘Who the hell cut this thing? Who did this? What … was Coen thinking?’ And then they explained it to me: It wasn’t written by that Joel Coen.”
First of all, Bill Murray just doesn’t make appearances or star in films. No one can really book him or even get into efficient contact with him. Rob Burnett, who has booked him on The Late Show with David Letterman, says:
“Getting in touch with Bill Murray remains one of life’s greatest mysteries. The plus/minus on that return call can be anywhere from 24 hours to six months. That’s just how it is.”
Secondly, he did it again with the sequel Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties. Like they say, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on…Bill Murray.”
Was he really a fool twice or was it a crush on Jennifer Love Hewitt’s luscious curves that got him so hot that he was willing to embarrass himself by playing her animated feline lover?
“At least they had what’s-her-name. The mind reader, pretty girl, really curvy girl, body’s one in a million? What’s her name? Help me. You know who I mean…At least they had her in good-looking clothes. Best thing about the movie.”
At least there was that.
Dude, this trailer is so bad that we are still suspicious that Bill Murray honestly didn’t know what he was getting himself into. Really? REALLY?!?
- What do you think about Bill Murray’s Garfield excuse? Is he playing a joke on us or did he really not know what he was getting himself into?
[Source: Yahoo! Movies]