This is Bill. Be like Bill. He’s hi­lar­i­ous

You can now study from the Zen com­edy mas­ter that is Bill Mur­ray thanks to his book of Tao

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Ni­cholas Cage and Jim Car­rey can try their best, but they’ll never trump Bill Mur­ray for Hol­ly­wood quirk. As an im­por­tant piece of cul­tural doc­u­men­ta­tion (or glib early stock­ing filler), The Tao of Bill Mur­ray (pub­lished by Penguin) is a new book that com­piles his weird and won­der­ful antics. Due for re­lease in Septem­ber, it took au­thor Gavin Ed­wards across the US as he met those who’d been “Mur­rayed”, a fate that’s equal but op­po­site to be­ing “Bea­dled”.

Vic­tims in­clude the street sweeper whose ve­hi­cle was taken for a Fa­ther Ted- es­que joyride by the star (“we just inched along like a tank on the street”) and a wrestler who was sent a semi-naked “Mur­ray Christ­mas” card from the ac­tor, even though they’d never met.

The new re­lease isn’t the only work ded­i­cated to his ec­cen­tric be­hav­iour; The Big Bad Book of

Bill Mur­ray by Robert Sch­naken­berg also charted his un­likely run-ins with fans, and the Bill Mur­ray story blog is crammed full of them too.

It’s not dif­fi­cult to see why Bill Mur­ray’s ur­ban le­gends have gath­ered such trac­tion. When even Jeremy Cor­byn or­ches­trates events for the me­dia’s ben­e­fit, we need the best of the bunch to gate­crash en­gage­ment pho­to­shoots, or steal chips be­cause they’re there and he’s

fa­mous – a type of be­hav­iour he dis­played well be­fore cam­era phones were in­vented. So if we didn’t al­ready love him in Ghost­busters, Scrooged, Lost In

Trans­la­tion et al, we’d love him be­cause he nei­ther ac­qui­esces to re­quests for au­to­graphs nor de­nies them, but signs fore­heads as Mi­ley Cyrus in­stead.

There are so many cases of these ur­ban le­gends over the years that no one can ac­cuse him of to­ken be­hav­iour, es­pe­cially be­cause it’s neg­a­tively af­fected his ca­reer. Fir­ing his agent in favour of an un­manned 1800 phone line where di­rec­tors leave pitches, which he rarely checks, have, ac­cord­ing to Sch­naken­berg, led to him miss­ing out on roles in Iron Man, Bad Santa, Mon­sters Inc and The Peo­ple vs Larry Flynt. No bother; we get the im­pres­sion that the one-man anec­dote fac­tory would rather have spent his time gate­crash­ing par­ties to do the wash­ing-up any­way.

Bill Mur­ray: weird and won­der­ful antics

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