Bill Murray does not have an agent. It's hard to know his schedule or his plans. He is a private person, but, rumor has it that when fans are lucky enough to run into him on the street, he frequently surprises them by being approachable and very generous.
So, four days ago he surprised us again by showing up on Reddit for an Ask Me Anything session.
People submitted more than 500 questions for him, then they voted up those they wanted to be answered and Bill Murray got to pick which ones to answer. The questions were all over, folks inquired about his views on peanut butter and pickle sandwiches, his thoughts on recreational marijuana, the Monuments Men script and the current cast of SNL.
His answers are funny, witty and sincere.
Someone asked: "What is it like being so awesome?"
Bill Murray: "Well, nothing prepared me for being this awesome. It's kind of a shock. It's kind of a shock to wake up every morning and be bathed in this purple light."
There was also a question about a movie every Pennsylvanian must have heard about it if not seen:
"Every year my dad and I watch Groundhog Day together on Groundhog Day. It's one of my favorite movies of all time. What was it like filming the same scenes over, and over, and over?"
Bill Murray: "Well, that part was fine, the filming of the scenes over and over because you know that's what the story is. The scripts is one of the greatest conceptual scripts I've ever seen. It's a script that was so unique, so original, and yet it got not acclaim. To me it was no question that it was the greatest script of the year. To this day people are talking about it, but they forget no one paid any attention to it at the time. The execution of the script, there were great people in it. It was a difficult movie to shoot because we shot in winter outdoors. If you ever get to go to Puxatawney, you should go, it is one of the few things that is BETTER than advertised. It's really something to see. But doing the movie, shooting the scenes over and over, it's like an acting challenge. It's like doing a play and those same scenes over and over and again, so you can try to make it better or deeper or funnier than you made it previously."
Added: Nice quote, right? And a strong endorsement of Punxsutawney from Bill Murray... except, as one of our editors pointed out, Groundhog Day was shot almost entirely in Woodstock, Illinois and not in Punxsutawney, Pa., every person in Woodstock knows it, apparently, there is even a plaque in the town square where Bill Murray's character stepped into a puddle. So, was Bill confused beyond the typo?
In all fairness to Bill Murray, although the movie was not shot in Woodstock, he did visit Punxsutawney to do research and then to promote the movie, as @BillyRayKDKA and @jtkola pointed out on Twitter. In fact, Erik D. Scholl (@BigMother40 on Twitter) tweeted that both Bill Murray and Harold Ramis were in Punxsutawney in 1992 on Groundhog Day before starting the filming, and Erik D. Scholl met them both.
If you want to read more quotes from Bill Murray and find out his views on Mendel, you should definitely read the entire AMA with Bill Murray.
Have you ever participated in Reddit's AMA? Do you have a favorite? Is there any Pittsburgh newsmaker you think should do a Reddit AMA?