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Bill Murray Gives Wes Anderson An ‘Automatic Yes’ When He Calls His 1-800 Number | Sunday TODAY

Bill Murray Gives Wes Anderson An ‘Automatic Yes’ When He Calls His 1-800 Number | Sunday TODAY
over the first two years of

Sunday

today

we've brought two interviews with movie stars music icons superstar athletes CEOs of the companies changing the world and a President of the United States this morning we add another legend to the list SNL alum

Bill

Murray

is a man of mystery in show business for anyone shy of his immediate family the only way to get in touch with

Murray

is by calling a phone

number

and leaving him a message if he's interested I'll call you back so

when

we heard

bill

was teaming up again with director Wes

Anderson

for the new movie Isle of Dogs we left a message we didn't hear back until a couple of weeks ago

when

Murray

arrived in the greenroom here for a live

Today

Show interview and announced he'd like to do that willie Geist show that was our return call the next morning

Bill

Murray

and I got together here in New York for a

Sunday

sit down

when

Bill

Murray

requests an interview you just asked

when

and where the 67 year old actor is famously difficult to get a hold of unlike just about every other celebrity

Murray

has no manager and no personal publicity team in fact if a director wants to cast him in a movie he or she has to call a 1-800

number

and leave a pitch at the tone what does it take to get you callback somebody to leave a message at now what are you looking forward to well you know you want manners involved you can tell right away

when

you know it's like meal you know you can look at it and you get fooled everyone...
bill murray gives wes anderson an automatic yes when he calls his 1 800 number sunday today
so well like it got me it looked like it was a wedding invitation it was an opportunity to get a discount on closed door boss I was the lead mascot for an undefeated high school baseball team

Murray

needed no convincing to sign on to his latest film the animated I love dogs it is his eighth collaboration with oscar-nominated director Wes but this time he justly sends a message says will you be available the first week in February yeah that's all it's like Mission Impossible if you choose to accept is there any universe where you say you know what Wes I I can't do this one or is it an

automatic

yes for him it's an

automatic

s he's made made making movies his life you know and making movies as as a joy I think it's kind of cool in the movie

Murray

plays a lost dog helping a young boy to find his lost dog I love dogs is not

Murray

's first role in the animal kingdom he was a badger in another Wes

Anderson

film fantastic mr. Fox he was Baloo the bear in the jungle book and he even played a grumpy cat in a movie he starred in by mistake I did the Garfield movies which were right like just create one crazier than the next is the story true about you signing up for that movie thinking it was a different director I thought yes true it's absolutely true and I didn't really read the script I was like you know I kind of want to love to do a trailer

when

these animated movies they're kind of fun I'm looking at a Joel Coen one of my favorites I...
bill murray gives wes anderson an automatic yes when he calls his 1 800 number sunday today
mean the Coen Brothers these guys make great movies well it wasn't that joel coen it was a different Joel Coen there's an H and the one you said yeah do you have any regrets Garfield maybe one of only a small handful of professional regrets in the life of William James

Murray

born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago one of nine siblings

Murray

has three brothers who also are actors

when

Murray

was 22 he joined one of those brothers in the second city Chicago's famed improv comedy troupe then in 1977 he joined the likes of Belushi Aykroyd and Radner in a legendary Saturday Night Live cast during the show's Emmy award-winning second season can you think back on your SNL run of a couple of years mm-hmm how huge was that for you it was an enormous thing you know because you know all of a sudden you had some viability ISM as a movie actor and you got to meet all kinds of great actors and actresses and all the great music acts of the day right you know we had the Rolling Stones on the show the next thing you know it's like seven hours later and you know you're passing a bottle of rebel yell or know it inside of a restroom they played beasts of burden then they go quiet right and then they did it again and they did it five more times they just played live beasts of burden like that far away five times in a row and you just like this is Who am I how the hell did I get in here this is ridiculous they're all the SNL stories about the partying and the the...
bill murray gives wes anderson an automatic yes when he calls his 1 800 number sunday today
after parties and all that was it as crazy as they say it was well the after parties had some intensity yeah and kind of released it you'd get after that because the pressure was strong you know they talked about all the drugs everything well there were a lot of drugs in the world back then and there are a lot of drugs in the world now but we got a job to do there was no one that was like too messed up to work you know except our gas hose you know they would they would get nervous and you know medicate themselves and go great no we're gonna deal with this guy for the next 90 minutes earlier this year

Murray

returned to SNL studio 8h for a guest appearance as former Trump White House adviser Steve Bennett it's time for America to slide down the banister and that's some girl that worked for Steve ban the next day I work for him I thought she was gonna come apart you know I don't know what that meant I didn't know if she wanted me to rescue her or call the police or what as his 4 season run at Saturday Night Live was winding down

Murray

turned to the big screen and played memorable roles in some of the most quotable comedy classics of all time we came we saw we kicked its ass meatballs Caddyshack stripes going into ghostbusters I mean you were hitting home run after home run after home right what did that do to your life especially once Ghostbusters became this international phenomenon well it was fun I mean being a Ghostbuster was a great job people...
actually believed we were some sort of special unit we were walking to stores on Fifth Avenue with all all the guns and everything and people liked everything all right in here you know we're just checking things out and you know picking things up and saying I'm gonna take a look at this no takers we'll get this back to you with other cult comedy favorites like what about Bob and Groundhog Day on his resume

Murray

began to look for something different he won critical praise for his role in Wes

Anderson

's 1998 movie Rushmore and five years later he earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination

when

he starred in Sofia Coppola lost in translation the more you know who you are and what you want the less you know things I'm saying yeah I think Hollywood looked at you differently after that you were nominated for the Oscar they saw you as a funny guy and now you went wait a minute probably yeah no but that's dull you know if you can bake a cake you think you could make a pie and probably if you can do comedy you can do drama it's not always going the other way because comedy is hard you know I can make you cry I can make you cry in a second yeah I punch in a note but to make you laugh that's hard you know that's hard to do and part two of our interview with

Murray

's take on the legend of

Bill

Murray

is just ahead hello

today

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