I think we all can agree Bill Murray is a comedy legend. He has been in so many movies that have gone on to become classics now. I have always liked his work and thought him funny but I really never knew much about Bill the human being. Nor did I really care to. I’m not one of those people who loves following stars and wants to know what they are really like. So, when I was bored the other night and decided to check out Netflix’s new documentary on him I had no idea what I was stumbling onto.
Apparently Bill is a bit of an urban legend. Something I really didn’t know because like I said earlier—I don’t keep up on celebrity gossip much. For those of you like me who don’t know or didn’t know……Bill likes to do random things with strangers. Not weird things. Actually quite normal things. But just out of nowhere. He has no “people or handlers” so he just walks around out in public on his own gladly conversing with people. Which apparently is how he often finds himself in random places. If a stranger invites him someplace he has been known to show up. But it goes the other way as well as he has meet strangers and invited them places with him. The documentary goes over several stories and backs them up with footage people have from their phones.
Now I don’t want to ruin some of these stories. Some are just priceless and hard to believe when you first hear them but then….POW…there are pictures or video proving it did happen. You start to wonder how long he has been doing such things. Phone cameras and videos have only really been a thing for the last 10-15 years which makes documenting his random behavior easy over this period of time…..but was he doing it even sooner just no one had a camera at the time? Or is this odd behavior of his just a recent thing in the last 10 years? That doesn’t get answered. Nor do we really know why Bill likes to spend time with random strangers. People speculate what he may be thinking but only Bill knows why he likes to brighten peoples lives up by just hanging out with people.
This documentary I admit hits a cord in you in a strange way. A good strange way. What Bill is doing is something I think we’d all love to be able to do if we could. Just randomly hang with people and be in the moment. Bill constantly is interacting with people around him. It helps to be famous and loved….which makes his behavior all the more inspiring. The guy is famous and has plenty of money he sure as hell doesn’t need to be hanging out with random people. Yet he seems to go out of his way to do so.
I’d love to just walk down my street and try talking to people and being more in the moment. I would. Or go out and try talking to strangers more….but I don’t. I engage a little like most people. I may say hi if I walk past someone. If I’m out walking the dog or if they have a dog and our dogs sniff one another I usually engage in small talk with them but I never end up at their house or they end up at mine afterwords. Maybe I’m not trying hard enough. Maybe it’s just too weird to be too interested in strangers without them thinking you want something….I don’t know. But what I do know is that level of engagement is inspiring to see when you see it. For Bill it is easy. He has money and fame so people know he doesn’t want anything from them…..but for the rest of us….trying to do what he is doing is harder to do. But no less still inspiring.
After watching this documentary I became an even bigger Bill Murray fan. I still don’t know a whole lot about him, and neither will you by the end of this documentary. But you will see how living in the moment has a profound effect on people. We all could stand to be a little more like Bill. Or you could sit more like him….either way getting your Bill on should be something you should be trying to do a little more when your out. I know I will be thinking about that when I’m out…….but probably still not doing. Ah hell.