Bill Murray

The way financing for independent movies goes is great. You get the money from the guy who’s actually doing the distribution in France. You say, “Do you want a piece of this movie?” And he’s got to sell this movie to get his money back. That’s the brains of it; that’s the genius of this financing. “You want Germany? Give us a million dollars and you’ve got Germany.”

The truth is, anybody that becomes famous is an ass for a year and a half. You’ve got to give them a year and a half, two years. They are getting so much smoke blown, and their whole world gets so turned upside down, their responses become distorted. I give everybody a year or two to pull it together because, when it first happens, I know how it is.

I lost my phone and I just really didn’t look for it. It was the nicest feeling, like six weeks. … A couple of times I needed to use a telephone, and I was always able to touch someone that had a telephone and say, “Hey, can I use your phone? May I please?” And they’d say, “Sure.” And that was it! So it was OK, it was a real vacation. I took a real vacation from myself.

You know the theory of cell irritability? If you take an amoeba cell and poke it a thousand times, it will change and then re-form into its original shape. And then, the thousandth time you poke this amoeba, the cell will completely collapse and become nothing. That’s kind of what it’s like being famous. People say hi, how are you doing, and after the thousandth time, you just get angry; you really pop.

So far, I’ve only sailed in the Caribbean. I’ve sailed the Virgin Island and The Grenadines. I liked all that. We charted some really crummy boats in the Grenadines. That made for an exciting sailing trip (laughs) when everything goes well. When everything goes well. When sails rip, engines freeze up and you find there are organisms growing inside the diesel, it’s terrible and amazing stuff.

When you did the job, you thought you were just trying to amuse your friends who are all on the job. I’m just trying to make the sound guy laugh, the script supervisor. A movie like Caddyshack, I can walk on a golf course and some guy will be screaming entire scenes at me and expecting me to do it word for word with him. It’s like, ‘Fella, I did that once. I improvised that scene. I don’t remember how it goes’. But I’m charmed by it. I’m not like, ‘Hey, knock it off’. It’s kind of cool.