Bill Murray’s Birthday Special: Did you know the star turned down the role of Forrest Gump? 5 facts about the actor you didn’t know!
Bill Murray is one of Hollywood’s most eccentric personalities, and people love him all the more for it. By starring in some of the most influential movies of all time like ghost hunters and groundhog day, Murray has amassed a career only a few stars can dream of. Being an extremely famous actor, he is loved by many, and that is just the power of Bill Murray. Bill Murray Birthday Special: From Ghostbusters to Zombieland, 11 awesome quotes from the actor you should check out.
While his films and roles are one of the reasons he is so popular, the life he leads has also thrust him into the limelight. Being a really famous actor, there are a lot of interesting facts about Murray which will surely surprise you in many ways. So, to celebrate its 72nd birthday, here are five of the most interesting facts about the ghost hunter star.
He turned down the role of Forrest Gump
Before Tom Hanks was approached for the role of Forrest Gump, Murray was in early talks to play the part. While Murray’s portrayal of the character would surely fit into his wacky library of roles, he ultimately didn’t find her interesting and turned her down.
He doesn’t have an agent
During a casting for films, you come into contact with the actors’ agents so that a pitch can be made and negotiations can be initiated. However, in the case of Bill Murray, he has no agent at all. Having just a number, the filmmakers call him and pitch him the story, and if he likes it, he’ll star in it.
His casting of Garfield was a mistake
Murray voicing Garfield didn’t go as planned. The movie being ridiculously bad, the only reason he even signed up was because he wanted to work with the Coen brothers. Now you might be wondering what the famed filmmaking duo have to do with Garfield? Well, when Murray read the script, he read the name “Joel Cohen” and immediately signed up not knowing it wasn’t Joel Coen.
He was David Letterman’s first and last guest
When David Letterman would start The late show his first guest would end up being Bill Murray. Life has a funny way of bringing things full circle, as the star was also the last guest on her show.
He can bowl
In the now famous final scene of center pivot, there was no cinematic trickery involved as Bill actually threw those balls. Taking three strikes in a row, the crowd’s reaction to the scene was genuine as Bill completely shocked them all. Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania: Bill Murray confirms he will appear in Peyton Reed’s next Marvel movie.
Bill Murray surely had quite an interesting life. With that, we end the list and wish him a very happy birthday.
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