13 revelations from Howard Stern’s interview with Bill Murray

From Saturday Night Live, to Ghostbusters, to impromptu speeches at bachelor parties, and even to Zombieland, Bill Murray is and always has been unstoppable when it comes to making us laugh. Wednesday, the actor and comedian appeared in studio on The Howard Stern Show to have a full hour sit-down with the King of All Media.

Over the course of the epic interview (which you can listen, in it’s entirety, if you scroll down), we learned quite a bit about the man once known as Phil Connors. Here are 13 of our favorite tidbits:

1. He’s one of seven middle children in his family

“I was the forgotten middle child. It’s a joke; the forgotten middle child of nine. There’s like three or four that are forgotten.”

2. What is his preference: Starring in movies, or on SNL?

“Ya know, it’s apples and oranges. To me, I like movies, because it’s my attention span, and it’s a massive collaboration of hundreds of people. Live, television, what it’s really better than is tape television.”

3. He felt his breakout SNL role was the lounge singer, Nick Winters

“That’s when I felt I had done it. The first week I came, they just gave me a tryout, they gave me stuff to do. They gave me three great scenes to do, and I nailed them all. And Lorne said, ‘Well, I guess you’ll be moving to New York.'”

4. Murray had no idea he was supposed to star as the voice of Garfield

Apparently, Murray was offered to work in a movie by the director Joel Cohen. Little did he know there are two directors with the same name. He showed up on set and had no idea he was doing Garfield.

“I showed up in a recording studio like this, and I had to do a lot of work. But you see, you put me in a box and I’ll figure out how to make it work.”

5. He learned sign language because he hired a deaf assistant

“I’m always trying to figure out how I can improve myself and I thought, if I hired someone that was deaf, I’d have to learn sign language. I’d have to expand myself to grow somehow. It was really very difficult. It was much more difficult than I could ever imagine.”

6. He has something in common with us: HE LOVES COFFEE

“Oh God bless you, it’s coffee … I can drink it in the morning, I can drink limitless amounts of coffee.”

7. Murray explained his reputation as being a man who is difficult to reach …

“Unless something very unusual happens, I can’t accumulate more stuff and more relationships. So when people say, ‘Just give me your number and I’ll give you a call,’ I’m like, ‘No, I’ll never give you a call and I won’t answer you either.’ I like to chose what I want to do, and if people are always knocking on your door and ringing your phone, how are you gonna do it? ”

8. … and told the story of how he landed his role in St. Vincent

“This guy reached me after a long period of trying to find me … We went for a ride for a couple of hours, and we talked about the script, and I sort of told him what I thought the script could use, and he agreed with me. And I said, ‘OK, fine, I’ll do it.'”

9. Murray and George Clooney are close buddies

“We met at the Venice Film Festival years ago, and we sort of tore the place up. He’s really a lot of fun. He’s a very good man, too.”

10. He’s open to being both Letterman’s first and final guest

“I don’t know. It’s certainly not my call … If he asked me to help him clean out the garage, I’d help in. Being on the show is no problem.”

11. The roles Murray did or did not turn down:

  • Tom Cruise’s role in Rain Man: “There was something about Rain Man.”
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger’s role in Kindergarten Cop: “I don’t remember … I don’t know. I don’t think so.”
  • Denzel Washington’s role in Philadelphia: “You’re warm with that one. There was something like that, that I was on the back burner. … I would’ve liked that one. I would’ve liked to have done that.”
  • Tom Hanks’ role Forrest Gump: “I did have Forrest Gump conversations. I think I had the original book.”

12. Though he’s never seen Forrest Gump …

“I’ve never seen Forrest Gump. … If I turn it down, I turned it down.”

13. … and doesn’t like Seinfeld

“It was terrible. … I never had seen Seinfeld, and they said, ‘Oh, it’s the last episode.’ And I said, ‘Oh, I’ll watch Seinfeld.’ And it was terrible.”

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