Scott Raab for Esquire has one of the best jobs a writer could ever hope to obtain: Interviewing some of the biggest celebrities out there.
Rabb most recent foray into celebrity interviews is that of Bill Murray, a cinematic hero to lovers of the genre.
I don’t want to get into why Murray is so great but at his age he has learned to relax and only take the roles he truly wants.
If you keep saying yes, they’ll stop asking you, too. That’s a much more likely event. I think we’re all sort of imprisoned by — or at least bound to — the choices we make, and I think everyone in the acting business wants to make the right choices. You want to say no at the right time and you want to say yes more sparingly. I came out of the old Second City in Chicago. Chicago actors are more hard-nosed. They’re tough on themselves and their fellow actors. They’re self-demanding. Saying no was very important. Integrity is probably too grand a word, but if you’re not the voice of Mr. Kool-Aid, then you’re still free. You’re not roped in.
Recently Murray has finished filming “Hyde Park on Hudson” where it appears he takes a serious role as FDR in a story based on true events.
I know it’s early but this could be an Oscar worthy performance.
Here’s the newest trailer for “Hyde Park on the Hudson”