Ripping Yarn Of The Day

I almost called this the story of the day but then y’all would have thought that it was important when it’s not. Besides, Ripping Yarns was a great little British teevee series cooked up by Python’s Michael Palin before he originated the genre of travel shows for people who hate travel shows…

Now where the hell was I? Oh yeah, this tale was spun by the legendarily quirkyBill Murray who explained why he did the voice of Garfield and I’m talking about the cat, not the assassinated President:

Murray reveals that he picked up Garfield’s script and noted that it
was written by oneJoel Cohen. Mistakenly believing this to be
the celebrated co-architect of dark comedies The Big Lebowski and O
Brother, Where Art Thou? (rather than the creator of such gems as Evan
Almighty and Daddy Day Camp, whose name has an additional “h”), Murray
happily signed up. His mistake only became clear when he turned up to
record his voiceover. Sample line: “I think I’m going to blow cat-chow
chunks!”

“Finally, I went out to LA to record my lines,”
Murray tells GQ. “And usually when you’re looping a movie, if it takes
two days, that’s a lot. I don’t know if I should even tell this story,
because it’s kind of mean. What the hell? It’s interesting.

“So
I worked all day and kept going, ‘That’s the line? Well, I can’t say
that’. And you sit there and go, ‘What can I say that will make this
funny? And make it make sense?’ And I worked. I was exhausted, soaked
with sweat, and the lines got worse and worse. And I said, ‘OK, you
better show me the whole rest of the movie, so we can see what we’re
dealing with’.

“So I sat down and watched the whole thing,
and I kept saying, ‘Who the hell cut this thing? Who did this? What the
fuck was Coen thinking?’ And then they explained it to me: it wasn’t
written by that Joel Coen.”

Anyone buying this? Me neither. Why? Murray also did the sequel. But this yarn is much more interesting than saying: “Are you kidding me? I did it for the money.”

Of course, Bill Murray could read or even sing the Federal Register and make it sound hilarious:

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3 thoughts on “Ripping Yarn Of The Day

  1. BlakNo1 says:

    “Star Wars, nothing but Star Wars…”

  2. Kaleberg says:

    Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.

  3. Adrastos says:

    No shit, Kaleberg.

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