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Bill Murray actually made this decision after a conversation with renowned film critic Elvis Mitchell. The former LA Weekly, Detroit Free Press, and New York Times cinematic scribe pointed out to the actor that he’d been doing more somber roles, which Mitchell believed was actually affecting Murray’s life.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, Bill Murray recalled Elvis Mitchell’s words verbatim, recalling that he said, "Look, your life is very melancholy right now and you’re doing melancholy movies. So what do you think’s gonna happen? It’s gonna get worse."
Clearly these words struck a chord with Bill Murray. Because, this was the moment when the iconic Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, and Stripes comedian decided to get back to his roots.
For years I’d been thinking, ‘Gosh, I’d really like to be funny again.’ You know? ‘I’d really like to go and be funny again.’ Because it’s like writing. If you can write, you need to write. And if you can be funny, you need to be funny.
Bill Murray decided to return to the comedic well with Rock The Kasbah, which was released last month, was directed by Barry Levinson (Diner, The Natural, Rain Man) and saw Murray star alongside Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, and Zooey Deschanel.
Unfortunately though, Rock The Kasbah wasn’t the triumphant return to the genre that Bill Murray probably envisioned. Instead it was roundly panned and lambasted by critics, who widely agreed that the film failed to make use of Bill Murray and his ability to play down on their luck losers.
But what does the future hold for Bill Murray? Are we going to see him starring in more comedic films? Or has the failure of Rock The Kasbah provoked Murray to return to sombre fare once again?
Well, the future actually looks rather bright for Bill Murray fans. Not only has he recently completed work voicing Baloo in Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, as well as a cameo in Ghostbusters, but he’s also going to celebrate the festive period in rather spectacular style with the Netflix movie A Very Murray Christmas.
I’m not sure what the above is actually going to consist of but I’m already sold. A Very Murray Christmas will be released on December 4, 2015, and it promises to be the only way to celebrate the holidays this year.