I was recently in the Navajo Nation working to remove some old delapidated mobile homes. As we were loading debry onto a trailer, I looked down and discovered an autographed black-and-white glossy photograph of Bill Murray.
I questioned the Navajo we were helping, and he indicated that the owner–his aunt–of the old trailer had appeared as an extra in a Bill Murray film that had shot location footage in Moab, UT.
When I returned to my office, I looked up the name of the movie. It was titled: Larger Than Life (1996) and Murray was the headliner. The movie was panned by the critics (11 percent approval rating on rottentomatoes.com) and was a bust at the box office. Murray was accused of being too layback by Roger Ebert. (Is that possible? Isn’t that called sleeping?)
I personally enjoy the movies where Bill Murray has a supporting role, where he is the co-star and not the star. A little of Murray goes a long way . . . but there is an existential feel to his acting that I love and relate to. A few of his best co-starring appearances include: Ed Wood, Rushmore, Get Low, Zombieland, and Moonrise Kingdom. I particularly liked him in Get Low. And he was great as the star in Lost in Translation. Bill Murray is an underappreciated movie talent.