Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The New "It" Guy?

I'm a HUGE fan of Wes Anderson movies (The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic, etc.). I also enjoy a classic like Caddyshack or What About Bob? from time to time, and I thought that Lost in Translation was total genius. What can I say... I love Bill Murray.

He just seems like the kind of guy you'd want to hang out with. Laid back, hilarious, and cool without trying to hard. Apparently he actually IS all of these things and more, as a few unsuspecting party hosts in NYC are finding out.

An article in the NY Post's Page Six Magazine recounts several sightings of the actor just showing up at small gatherings and house parties, enjoying himself, mingling, drinking, and talking; and then just leaving. The article claims that:

"He's not a boozy, sweaty party hound who gets caught on camera cheesing it up with pretty young girls (see: Mel Gibson, Bono); rather, he's more like a ghost in the night, who shows up out of nowhere, engages in utterly random conversations and then exits gracefully—leaving witnesses to wonder what the hell just happened. Deadpan, detached and seeming a bit lonely, Bill Murray is NYC's most unlikely new party guy."

Apparently he even washed a few glasses at one party when there were none clean to drink out of. Some say that this is Murray's form of a mid-life crisis, following closely on the heels of a recent divorce. As long as his behavior remains low-key and non-self destructive I say, keep on keepin' on.

Oh Bill Murray, I think this just made me love you a little bit more.

(photo courtesy Sophie Ellis as seen on Page Six magazine)

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