When Earth, Wind & Fire starts singing about the 21st night of September, they must be talking about Bill Murray’s birthday. The Oscar-nominated actor, comedian, singer and artist turns 71 today, September 21, 2021.
When it comes to Murray’s career, much attention is paid to the beginning of his filmography. It’s easy to see why, as with blockbuster hits like Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Scrooge, And Groundhog Day Rounding up your top movies.
However, over the past 20 years of his career, Murray has been making bold choices. With her frequent collaborations with Wes Anderson and Jim Jarmusch, her recent films are clearly for artistic merit rather than money. Here are five of the 71-year-old’s best film performances in the past 20 years.
1. Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
Bill Murray, GZA and RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan walk into a bar… It’s a restaurant and Murray’s waiter. Jim Jarmusch’s 2004. In short films collection, The three superstars play themselves as they discuss the dangers of caffeine and nicotine.
The seven-minute segment marks the first time Murray played a meta version of himself onscreen. It also helps that the rappers act as though many people who meet him only refer to him as “Bill Murray”.
2. Lost in Translation (2003)
If the undead ever die, surely this film will be mentioned in the obituary. Chronicling the exodus of two lonely souls to Japan, lost in Translation Showed the world a different side of Bill Murray.
More muted and gloomy, but just as funny, Murray plays a rookie actor stranded in Japan on a business trip. Scarlett Johansson plays a recent bachelor with her husband, who is a celebrity photographer. Both are unhappy with their marriage and are trying to move to a non-English speaking country. Circumstances form two bonds and find solace in each other.
It’s not quite a romance, but not far from one. Though the film ends on an optimistic but vague note, you can’t help but wonder what Murray whispered in Johansson’s ear.
3. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zisso (2004)
Some critics consider Wes Anderson’s Jacques Cousteau-inspired maritime revenge comedy a bit much, but Bill Murray is the best part. In a bright blue jumpsuit with a bright red hat, the comedian runs around his submarine and makes mistakes, meets his son, and tries to capture and kill the jaguar shark that killed his best friend. inserted.
in its heart, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zisso A coming-of-age story, where an old man has to grapple with his past. Sure, he’s flamboyant and privileged, but Murray is still the center of attraction. There is a core of regret with the character, which becomes more bitter when Zisso is confronted by her behavior in an article. “I’ve said those things. I did those things. I’ve been able to live with him.”
4. Zombieland (2009)
If there’s one thing Murray loves, it’s making fun of himself. In Zombieland Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin need a place to hide during the zombie apocalypse. That’s all they happened to take Bill Murray’s house.
Disguising as a zombie to dodge other zombies, the actor has a great time playing a meta-version of himself, who is aware of his god-like status. When Woody Harrelson asks the dying Murray if he has any regrets, it’s fitting that the comedy legend would answer honestly. “Garfield… maybe.”
6. The Dead Don’t Die (2019)
In a very different take on the zombie apocalypse, Murray and Adam Driver take on the role of cops driving around a small town that slowly falls prey to hordes of brainless monsters. As their friends and fellow citizens begin to die, Driver and Murray’s chemistry sustains laughter until the very end.
In an existential twist, we learn that the characters always knew their fate because director Jim Jarmusch gave them the script.
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