Two years after he made Caddyshack and two years before he starred in Ghostbusters, Bill Murray was already one of the country's hottest up-and-coming comedic talents. Naturally, this meant people wanted him for other things, like television commercials and TV shows that never seemed to go anywhere. Wired In was one of those TV shows that never went anywhere (and wasn't even completed), and here they convince Murray to record a rant on the new technology of the day.
Seeing as it's 1982, Murray's rant focuses on digital watches ("people have hands, so watches should have hands!") and robots building cars. This was before the Internet, cell phones and food pics on Instagram, so unfortunately he didn't have a whole ton of material. Watch almost eight minutes of raw footage featuring Murray recording different versions of the rant alongside what looks to be the not-so-beautiful west side of Manhattan circa 1982. We wonder how many dope needles he stepped on while taping this.
You can watch the entire 16 minutes of raw footage here.
In addition to the video, there's a great interview with Murray over at the New York Times regarding his role as President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park on the Hudson, due out December 7. Proving he's still improvising all these years later, Murray took the NYT writer on a whirlwind of an interview, beginning in a hotel room and ending on a stage in front of hundreds of people. According to the NYT, Murray felt bad that his previous interview had gone too long, and so he invited the writer to accompany him to a speaking engagement for the Screen Actor's Guild. Well, he accompanied him, and instead of joining everyone else in seats at the theater, Murray walked the guy right onto the stage and the two completed their interview there.
A few choice quotes:
On bringing out the joy in people: "Some are more joyous than others. I’m of the habit that if there are people waiting outside the hotel, you don’t sign those autographs there. Because that means when you come back in the middle of the night, they’re still there. It’s usually a one-time thing. That’s it; that’s your one time. You try your hardest, but you can’t always be perfect."
On staying relaxed: "The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything: the better you are with your loved ones, the better you are with your enemies, the better you are at your job, the better you are with yourself."
On how he approaches his life today: "Well, you have to hope that they happen to you. That’s Pandora’s box, right? She opens up the box, and all the nightmares fly out. And slams the lid shut, like, 'Oops,' and opens it one more time, and hope pops out of the box. That’s the only thing we really, surely have, is hope. You hope that you can be alive, that things will happen to you that you’ll actually witness, that you’ll participate in. Rather than life just rolling over you, and you wake up and it’s Thursday, and what happened to Monday? Whatever the best part of my life has been, has been as a result of that remembering."
Read the rest of the interview at the New York Times.
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