Why, Bill Murray of course. However, the headline for Scott Roxborough’s Hollywood Reporter item about today’s dedicated celebration at the Toronto International Film Festival – published a scant 24 hours before – suggests the actor’s participation was anything but a sure thing:
Part of the reason for this is contact logistics:
“It’s going to be fun,” Ivan Reitman told THR, noting how rare an opportunity it will be to interact with Murray, who doesn’t have an agent, manager or publicist and still utilizes a mythical 800-number for voicemail. “He decided to lead this very independent, eclectic, remarkable existence. He deserves to do whatever he wants.”
Murray will be on hand for a special Q&A world premiere screening tonight of The Weinstein Company’s St. Vincent. Meanwhile, at TIFF showings today of Stripes, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters, there is a Bill Murray Costume Contest:
Before each screening, a TIFF representative will call participants onto the stage, and ask the audience to applaud for their favorite costume. The TIFF representative will then be responsible for selecting the top three costume entries at each screening. Limit of one prize per person.
And what is that prize? A golden ticket to tonight’s premiere of St. Vincent at the Princess of Wales Theatre. If we’re lucky, the real Murray will call out to the audience at some point and interact with the “fake” winning Murray’s.
Update (September 6):
Murray joined the Q&A portion of the Ghostbusters TIFF screening with Reitman and Mitch Glazer, leading to an hour of warm moments with fans and anecdotes like this:
Glazer told a recent story about Murray riding a cab in Oakland. When the actor learned that his cab driver played the saxophone but rarely found time to practice, Murray apparently took the wheel while his cabbie trilled the horn.
“Not only did he play all the way to Sausalito — which is a long way,” said Murray. “We stopped and got barbecue.”
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Brooklyn Journo Heads to Toronto to Ask – Do I Sound Gay?