Reddit is wrapping up the work week with an AMA session with Bill Murray. The actor, who can next be seen in George Clooney's The Monuments Men (February 7) and Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel (March 7) shared a cool backstory about how he got roped into doing two Garfield movies as well as why he continuously collaborates with Anderson. Murray also talked about an odd experience he had in Japan while filming Lost in Translation along with a number of other topics. You can read the full AMA session here.
Q: I'm a great fan of Wes Anderson and I was wondering why you always go back to work with him? I think you're a great pairing but what made you both click?
Murray: I really love the way Wes writes with his collaborators, I like the way he shoots, and I like HIM. I've become so fond of him. I love the way that he has made his art his life. And you know, it's a lesson to all of us, to take what you love and make it the way you live your life, and that way you bring love into the world.
Q: Will there be a Garfield 3?
Murray: I don't think so. I had a hilarious experience with Garfield. I only read a few pages of it, and I kind of wanted to do a cartoon movie, because I had looked at the screenplay and it said "Joel Cohen" on it. I wasn't thinking clearly, but it was spelled "Cohen," not "Coen." I love the Coen brothers' movies. I think that Joel Coen is a wonderful comedic mind. So I didn't really bother to finish the script, I thought "He's great. I'll do it." Read the rest of Murray's Garfield adventure.
Q: Where is your favorite place to play golf?
Murray: My favorite place to play golf is in Ireland. That's where my ancestors come from and it's the most beautiful country to play golf in.
Q: If you could go back in time and have a conversation with one person, who would it be and why?
Murray: I kind of like scientists, in a funny way. Albert Einstein was a pretty cool guy. The thing about Einstein was that he was a theoretical physicist, so they were all theories. He was just a smart guy. I'm kind of interested in genetics though. I think I would have liked to have met Gregor Mendel.
Q: What was the oddest experience you had in Japan?
Murray: The oddest… well, I was eating at a sushi bar. I would go to sushi bars with a book I had called Making Out in Japanese. It was a small paperback book, with questions like "Can we get into the back seat?" "Do your parents know about me?" "Do you have a curfew?" And I would say to the sushi chef "Do you have a curfew? Do your parents know about us? And can we get into the back seat?"
I would always have a lot of fun with that, but that one particular day, he said "Would you like some fresh eel?" and I said "Yes, I would." so he came back with a live eel and then he walked back behind a screen and came back in 10 seconds with a no-longer-alive eel. It was the freshest thing I had ever eaten in my life. It was such a funny moment to see something that was alive that no longer was alive, that was my food, in 30 seconds.
Q: What did you whisper in Scarlett Johansson's ear at the end of Lost in Translation?
Murray: You know? I forget.