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Sister’s polio battle inspired Bill Murray

- September 11th, 2012

So, as far as red carpets go, Bill Murray fans can’t compete with the raucousness of Kristen Stewart, Selana Gomez, Johnny Depp and Will Smith diehards.

The atmosphere at Roy Thomson hall was tepid when the 61-year-old funnyman showed up to promote Hyde Park On Hudson last night. Other than a few fanboys who kept chanting, ‘It just doesn’t matter’ (Murray’s signature line from Meatballs), it was easily the tamest red carpet at TIFF so far.

It might have had something to do with the, er, other red carpet, To The Wonder, with Rachel McAdams and Olga Kurylenko, making noise at the nearby Princess of Wales Theatre, but Murray’s co-stars heaped praise on both the actor and director, Roger Michell.

“(Michell) has great command of narration and he’s fantastic,” actress Laura Linney told reporters. “And Bill,” she continued, smiling, “is Bill Murray. It was so much fun to watch him tackle his character and rise to the challenge of playing this figure.”

“Bill was wonderful,” actress Olivia Williams said, radiating in red.

Hyde Park On Hudson  probes the relationship between the polio-suffering Franklin Roosevelt (Murray) and his mistress (and distant cousin) Margaret Suckley (Linney) during a visit to his country estate by the King and Queen of England right before the start of WWII.

For his part, Murray told reporters he drew on a real-life inspiration to play the part of FDR.

“I have a sister who has polio,” Murray said. “She’s battled it her whole life. So her stoicism is really something I carried with me into playing FDR. After wearing the brace for two days, I called her and said, ‘I had no idea.’ I thought I had some idea, but the pain and constant discomfort told me so much more about my sister. Because of the way she was, she didn’t talk about it that much. And that informed me a bit into what FDR must have gone through. There’s an expression, ‘Can you walk in another man’s Moccasins?’ Well, walking in another man’s braces is a whole other challenge.”

Hyde Park On Hudson screens again Tuesday, September 11, 12:30 p.m., Winter Garden Theatre. The film hits theatres this December.





Dan Aykroyd ‘sad’ Bill Murray won’t be in ‘Ghostbusters 3′

- August 2nd, 2012


If you’re one of the people still holding out hope for a third instalment in the Ghostbusters series, Dan Aykroyd has some good news and bad news for you.

The good news is Ghostbusters 3 is happening. The bad news is Bill Murray will not be returning.

In an interview with UK’s Metro Newspaper, Aykroyd says the film’s storyline is getting an overhaul and will shoot within a year sans Murray.

“We’ve got a brilliant new writer on it and we’ll be passing the torch on to a new generation,” Aykroyd says. “We’re working on it to make it just right to satisfy our fans…. We’ve tried a few concepts which weren’t right but now we’ve got a good structure and will make it happen.”

As for the franchise proceeding without one of its bigger stars, Aykroyd will miss Murray, but thinks audiences will still embrace the film.

“It’s sad but we’re passing it on to a new generation. Ghostbusters 3 can be a successful movie without Bill. My preference would be to have him involved but at this point he doesn’t seem to be coming and we have to move on.”

Following Ghostbusters 2 in 1989, the sci-fi comedy has lived on in comics, an animated show and a 2009 video game co-written by Aykroyd.