I think we all lament the fact that Bill Murray's post-millennia resume reads like this:
2001: "The Royal Tenenbaums"
2003: "Lost in Translation"
2005: "Broken Flowers"
2006: "Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties"
2007: "The Darjeeling Limited"
There is literally a smearing of cat feces on an otherwise impressive CV and I think we all wondered why a comedian of his pedigree would get busy with such a poor breed. Well in a new interview with GQ Magazine, Bill tries to explain how he ended up voicing the lasagna loving, orange chubber. And no, I don't mean Snooki.
"I thought it would be kind of fun, because doing a voice is challenging, and I’d never done that. Plus, I looked at the script, and it said, 'So-and-so and Joel Coen.' And I thought: Christ, well, I love those Coens! They’re funny. So I sorta read a few pages of it and thought, Yeah, I’d like to do that. I had these agents at the time, and I said, 'What do they give you to do one of these things?' And they said, 'Oh, they give you $50,000.' So I said, 'Okay, well, I don’t even leave the fuckin’ driveway for that kind of money.'"
Sidenote: I love when celebs admit how much money their integrity costs
So just to clarify, Bill saw Joel Cohen's name on the script and assumed it would be on par, quality-wise, with his other films like "Fargo" and "The Big Lebowski." But once again spelling got the best of a Hollywood star because the writer/directors of those films are Joel and Ethan Coen. No H. The Joel Cohen in question here is the guy who had just come off writing "Cheaper by the Dozen." So, yea....
Bill goes on to say that once the salary issue was rectified, "finally I went out to L.A. to record my lines." That was where he eventually discovered his H-error.
"Usually when you’re looping a movie, if it takes two days, that’s a lot. I don’t know if I should even tell this story, because it’s kind of mean. [beat] What the hell? It’s interesting. So I worked all day and kept going, 'That’s the line? Well, I can’t say that.' And you sit there and go, What can I say that will make this funny? And make it make sense? And I worked. I was exhausted, soaked with sweat, and the lines got worse and worse. And I said, 'Okay, you better show me the whole rest of the movie, so we can see what we’re dealing with.' So I sat down and watched the whole thing, and I kept saying, 'Who the hell cut this thing? Who did this? What the f*** was Coen thinking?' And then they explained it to me: It wasn’t written by that Joel Coen."
A very understandable mix-up ... but when is he going to explain his participation in the even more horrendous London-set sequel?