Bill Murray Explains Why He Made Garfield
07.22.10 by Ryan
Bill Murray made one of the all-time greatest cameos in Zombieland, where he played himself hanging out in his mansion during a zombie apocalypse. During his scene, one character asks Murray if he has any regrets, to which he responds: "Garfield, maybe." The joke was a huge relief to fans of Murray, who had to raise their eyebrows when they saw Murray play the voice of the infamous orange cat in the 2004 live action movie.
In a recent interview with GQ, Murray revealed that his involvement in the movie wasn't entirely because of money but stemmed from a case of mistaken identity.
I thought it would be kind of fun, because doing a voice is challenging, and I'd never done that. Plus, I looked at the script, and it said, "So-and-so and Joel Coen." And I thought: Christ, well, I love those Coens! They're funny. So I sorta read a few pages of it and thought, Yeah, I'd like to do that.
So they went off and shot the movie, and I forgot all about it. Finally, I went out to L.A. to record my lines. 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. [beat] 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, "Okay, 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 f**k was Coen thinking?" And then they explained it to me: It wasn't written by that Joel Coen.
Garfield: The Movie was in fact written by Joel Cohen, who also wrote 2006's Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, in which Murray also inexplicably appears as the voice of the lasagna-loving cartoon cat. "At least they had [Jennifer Love Hewitt]," said Murray. "Best thing about the movie."