Believe it or not, the great Bill Murray, star of Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation, many of the works of Wes Anderson, and so much more, has never ever made an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con. But that all changed today.
Murray took part in the panel for his latest film, Rock the Kasbah. And, as you would expect from the larger-than-life star, he made the most of his first entrance, walking right through the Hall H crowd, singing along to Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” as his Kasbah character, rock manager Richie Lanz. Keeping with the music theme, he even had the crowd join him in a 30-second singalong. But instead of singing something specific this time, he had everyone sing whatever they want.
You can read some of the things Murray had to say and watch videos of some highlights from his appearance.
First Murray was asked what took him so long to finally make his way to Comic-Con:
“I don’t know. I’ve done some good [movies]. I’ve done some comical ones, for sure. And I’ve done some that I maybe should have been convicted for.”
He also touched on one of his favorite roles:
“Once upon a time, I did save the city of New York. When I had the coolest damn car to drive around Manhattan.”
It’s been said that Murray was once up for the role of Han Solo in Star Wars that eventually went to Harrison Ford, so the panel’s moderator asked him if it was true:
“I don’t know if I was ever up for Han Solo. But I am working out now in the hopes of getting [the Han Solo origin film role]. Just a lot of swimming and pilates.”
Toward the end of the panel, Murray added:
“It feels wonderful to be in this room, it really does. I feel comfortable in this room. I don’t know if it’s passion, but I like when people get excited about something.”
He then walked right back through the Hall H crowd, once again to “Smoke on the Water,” on his way out. With the panel for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II coming in, Murray was also able to cross paths with star Jennifer Lawrence, which resulted in some pretty great pictures, one of which can be seen below.
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NOTE: Apologies for the quality of the first video.