To some people, celebrity seems very formulaic. Certain types of famous people hit benchmarks on their rise to the top.
If you think that’s boring, you’re not alone. There are plenty of celebrities who throw the rule book out the window. Instead, they march to the beat of their own drum, celebrating fame on their own terms. No one does that better than Bill Murray.
Bill is a legend, and there’s no stating otherwise. He can boast that title proudly because there’s a kind of mythology that exists about his decidedly un-Hollywood approach to celebrity. For example, Bill doesn’t have a manager or an agent.
Tired of being hounded by people whose jobs relied on getting him on the phone, Bill developed a system that works for him. He got an 800 number for those interested in working with him to contact him at. It leads to a voice mailbox, which he admits to only checking when he feels like it.
The best thing about Bill is that he’s a human example of expecting the unexpected. So when the actor revealed he applied for a job at P.F. Chang’s in the Atlanta airport, everyone was simultaneously surprised and elated at the very Bill-like behavior.
Bill Murray has been bringing the funny to movies and TV for over 40 years. While he’s been in countless amazing productions, he’s a very grounded guy. He doesn’t tout his celebrity status. Rather, he’s redefined fame as it applies to his own life.
The fact is, Bill doesn’t have a team to respond to. He doesn’t have to worry about what other people think may negatively or positively impact his image because he is his whole team. No manager, no agent — just Bill.
Tired of dealing with endless calls on his home phone from people interested in working with him, Bill set up an 800 number to field calls from potential collaborators. He checks the voice mailbox as frequently as he feels like it.
Because of his lack of a team, he can go on any adventures or misadventures that he pleases. When he was honored at the Rome Film Fest with a lifetime achievement award earlier this month, he slept through the press conference.
Bill did show up for the Close Encounters panel later that day, where he accepted the award from longtime friend and collaborator Wes Anderson. Frances McDormand also appeared to honor Bill for his contributions to film.
Pretty zany, right? Consider that this went down the same weekend as the release of Zombieland: Double Tap. Fans were hoping for a cameo from Bill, and some left the theaters disappointed. That’s because Bill’s cameo wasn’t in the film itself but in a post-credits scene.
That’s not all that Bill’s been up to this month. The actor also appeared on one of the Brooklyn-based episodes of Jimmy Kimmel Live! He joined the late-night host and his sidekick, Guillermo, for a bit of canoeing.
The trio took some tequila with them as they headed out on the Newtown Creek before reaching the East River. “A minute ago we were paddling amongst the recycling and the seepage, and now we’re out here at the city that never sleeps,” Bill joked.
“It seemed like it was going to be the most disgusting place of the city, and it turned out to be kind of lovely,” Jimmy said.
“If you dive into the ugly, eventually it gets pretty,” Bill replied, in his accidentally philosophical way.
While all of these anecdotes are very typically Bill, the most recent one is the icing on the cake. Bill appeared on comedian Amy Schumer’s podcast, 3 Girls, 1 Keith. When the subjects of jobs outside of acting came up, Bill made a surprising revelation.
“I did fill out an application at P.F. Chang’s at the Atlanta airport because I think that’s one of the great places,” Bill mentioned casually. Naturally, Amy was pretty surprised by the admission too. “To do what? Just any job?”
“It looks like the best time,” Bill responded. Of course, P.F. Chang’s got wind of Bill’s mention and decided to let him know he’s welcome to join the team. “Bill, you’re hired! When can you start?” the restaurant chain tweeted.
Bill also revealed some other fun information about himself on the show, like the fact that he loves Family Feud. “I’m going to give you my little secret — I record it,” he said. “I can come home and I have recorded 61 episodes of ‘Family Feud,’ because it’s on all day long.”
“It’s on all day long and by law, it has to be on all day long,” he continued. “But then, what I do is I take the time to fast-forward in each episode all the way to Fast Money. ‘Cause that to me is the excitement part of the show. I skip the early rounds because I don’t always respect their tactics.”
So if you ever find yourself wondering what Bill Murray is up to, he might be at P.F. Chang’s, or out canoeing, or sleeping, or watching Family Feud. The possibilities are as endless as the laughs that he delivers.