Bill Murray on Being Obnoxious

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"I‘m just an obnoxious guy who can make it appear charming, that’s what they pay me to do" - Bill Murray in October 1988 T.J. English was tasked with writing a profile of Bill Murray for Irish America magazine. This was around the time Scrooged came out. So he headed out to Murray's house in New Jersey. The guys sat down and the tape recorder was turned on. Murray's dog ran about and wrecked a little havoc. Murray cracked wise on giving back to his mom when he made it big, hijinks on the set of Ghostbusters, the spiritual change that saved him from destruction, and how fame sort of helps with talking to women. Hear more outtakes from this unheard interview: http://blankonblank.org/bill-murray Subscribe for new episodes every other Tuesday (it's free): http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=blankonblank More Blank on Blank episodes: http://blankonblank.org/pbs Executive Producer: David Gerlach Animator: Patrick Smith Audio Producer: Amy Drozdowska Colorist: Jennifer Yoo MUSIC VIA APM "Hot Club Swing" Marti Amado "Cafe Paris" Paul Reeves "Disentangled" Mac McKenzie "Today We Hung" Eric Nicholas, Wencelas Muller, Maurin Zahnd, Laurent Dumont, Julien Guillaume, Andre Matrot Past Blank on Blanks: Tom Waits on Everything and Nothing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyrDfCSZJmI Patty Hearst on Reasonable Doubt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bsi2wZROSc Hunter S. Thompson on Outlaws https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3QoKqEHS8s BB King on The Blues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tIphqWYu_s Elliott Smith on Freaks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAP3sYaaBv4 Robin Williams on Masks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PHGmIAv4Dc Wayne Coyne on Living with Death https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJXU7f0hI30 Maya Angelou on Con Men https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VybIJEA41yk Bette Davis on The Sexes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNnTUyrxzWY Michael Jackson on Godliness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoCa3Po7M_8 Jimi Hendrix on The Experience https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK2lfs_uiwk Meryl Streep on Beauty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG_T5dwnJuM Philip Seymour Hoffman on Happiness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Osn8rjkPyYM David Bowie on Stardust http://youtu.be/lFIDXXDsxAo Gene Wilder on The Truth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PUW2POEjX4 John Lennon on Love http://youtu.be/DmvmnYEy9NY Johnny Cash on The Gospel http://youtu.be/ALGi0tcFCcw Heath Ledger on Role Playing http://youtu.be/qDRUzbAa6lI Tupac on Life and Death http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6x2FqX2YZws Kurt Cobain on Identity http://youtu.be/C1Z2BkZaOQc Janis Joplin on Rejection http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdF4b1_LQnQ Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/Q8FM/

Comments from Youtube

bob polo : I think renaming the video "Bill Murray on Fame" is more appropriate

NiceBootz : Bill Murray is one cool dude.

WrnMyr : damn who knew garfield could be so philosophical

Garrett Hicks : "People usually go through a bad period when they're successful..." _"Was there a period like that for you?"_ "Right now." It's true. After Ghostbusters (1984), Murray tried to do some dramatic acting. After those films bombed, he went into a state of depression and inactivity. He made sporadic appearances (Little Shop of Horrors, 1987; Scrooged, 1988), but things didn't get going again until Ghostbusters 2 (1989).

Steven Lambert : I was 17 when I met Bill Murray at a firework show. At the time (2015; Ik, not long ago at this point), my mom worked at the Chamber of Commerce in Lake City, South Carolina, and every spring they would have ArtFields, a huge art festival in the Southeast US, which they would include a "celebrity" judge to pick the winner. That year, Bill was picked to do so since he was good friends with the Mayor. Everyone wanted pictures and autographs from him, but they were denied due to the Mayor being there as well (basically security reasons). On the final night of the festival, May 2, I was in the back of the audience trying to see Bill, slowly but getting closer to the stage. But by the time I got in front, he already left. Then after the awards were given out, the firework show began. I was in the back, again, watching the display. But as I was watching, I heard someone say, "Great fireworks, huh?" Sensing it was at me, I turned to my left and tilted my head upward, and there he was, standing right beside me, about 2 inches from his arm to mine. My eyes widened by such sight, but at the same time, I acted cool so I wouldn't make a scene. So I turned my head back up at the sky and said clear and loud enough for him to hear me, "Yeah it is…" And if he were to pass, this would be my story featuring him and I. A true legend indeed… ✌️

Onise Okriashvili : To Do List: Louis CK on Comedy Quentin Tarantino on Shooting quality picture Martin Scorsese on Cinema Stephen Fry on Depression/Bipolarity

chumprock : "People ususally go through a bad period when they're successful..." Why did that paragraph immediately make me think of Shia LaBeouf?

RamtroStudios : HEY HEY, Y'KNOW HEY, *MEATBALLS*.

Zenn Exile : I love how he admits it could have been anyone. He just answered the right curtain call and poof, fame and fortune for the lottery winner. Even though others around him clearly deserved it more. This is the trapping of our profit-driven culture. You have pepper in lottery winners to keep the workers clocked in, but we don't even award accomplishment. All that matters is the lottery makes a worker look free so the other workers don't lose hope and stop working.

Alon Dotan : It would be amazing if you guys made a Frank Zappa episode, that guy was such an oddball genius. a Stanley Kubrick one would be awesome as well :)

mikeogjr : No wonder why Hunter S Thompson loved this guy so much. He got it.

Doorhenge : Bill Murray is a lot more creative then he gives himself credit for. I wish he wasn't so picky for roles. The thing is if he did more roles he could take a mundane project and turn it into something truly special. - just from his input.

dinosavros black : make one with Bill Hicks

Jason Zabbidou : The background music of this vid is the real obnoxious thing. LEARN THAT BACKGROUND MUSIC SHOULD STAY IN THE BACKGROUND AND NEVER SHOUD BE LOUDER THAN THE ACTUAL SUBJECT MATTER.

Cian O Connor : Amazing stuff as always guys. You should do William S. Burroughs next!

gnewt75 : I was wondering when this interview took place, but then he said "Meatballs" and it got dated.

PogieJoe : These are always so so good.

Oliver Allen : The heart of humor is surprise. "Right now." A master.

Jebo Huevo : Henry Miller blank on blank

Daren Redman : Jim Morrison would be cool. Also....Mitch Hedberg

Michael Low : Bravo. Can't believe you chopped the Stay Puft man's head off!

Trace L Hentz : I'd like to clone Bill Murray then marry him

Jonathan Manrique Villegas : next one: Bill Murray on beating his wife and getting away with that.

jawn1977jaws : I will say this... I sure as hell am glad it was Bill Murray that was one of the performers that stuck it out at Second City to go on from there...he sure has a great philosophy about life, and how to handle fame...( not let it go to your head )... a wise man. ....and one hell of a funny guy.

crazyinsane500 : Is this why Bill Murray absolutely hates Ghostbusters 1 but loves Garfield 2 A Tale of Two Kitties?

Stu VS : Hurrah, sponsors for contemporary art. 💖❤️💕

Jack : Please do one with Shane Macgowan

Dan Blume : These are all great!!! Is there a Keith Richards one?

Gigabuster 1987 : Steve McQueen or Walt Disney

Wicked Crispy : The music swells WAY too much between bits.

DIplaya : Would it be too predictable for a Chris Farley one, or has he been covered pretty well by everyone else at this point?

Tunesquad : How have I not discovered this channel before? It's amazing!

MastaSmack : Couldn't watch because of the music...

trublgrl : A very interesting interview, but I don't understand why they put in all the drawings of Walter Matthau.

Stu VS : Subject suggestion Box: Shirley MacLaine. Jane Fonda. Lily Tomlin. (Please)

ZinasaRapz : I hope they do one on Jim Kelly!

JR Hop : Do punk rocker interviews! GG Allin, Darby Crash, or Jello Biafra would be really cool.

reelism : bill murray for president'

Charles Darwin : This was a very confusing interview. Great visuals in the background I'll give you that, but it's still a badly edited confusing mess of an interview nevertheless. How are you supposed to follow along?

Alejandro Garcia : Are they interviewing Bill Murray or the jazz band? Cause the latter kept on interrupting.

Michael Dauphinee : Terrific series. Great choices- so many great choices are made in releasing these pieces. Thank-you so much for your work.

Mr. W : I can totally understand why the studio would have someone follow them around during the filming of Ghostbusters. Two words: John. Belushi.

Tom Jones : we will always miss you, what a great actor. RIP Bill

Carolyn Mihelcic : Bill Murry the Best man😃

Geovanni Ferreira : make one with Bruce Lee. Thanks i love your episode fat its beautiful !

Jon F Cartwright : Thanks dropbox

tuyo3 : I clicked on this because the thumbnail said "420k views" and it seemed too good to be true.

GraNOLAbar : I smile every time I see one of these

Ocean Sage : I think we need some Frank Zappa animated interviews.