It seems that every public appearance of Bill Murray just furthers the idea that he's a magical celebrity unicorn. In them, the actor is always joking, breaking the rules and doing the unexpected, and spreading a little everyday weirdness to his fans. Is Bill Murray even real or just a reflection of our collective desire for a little bit of the surreal in our daily lives? Well, it seems like some of these strange stories are real. The latest outrageous story has Bill Murray crashing a random bachelor party in Charleston, South Carolina with an epic speech. The story may be unbelievable, but there's video to prove it, including Murray giving the most accurate summary of the tradition of bachelor parties ever: "You know how they say funerals aren't for the dead but for the living?..."
So here are some of the strangest, most incredible stories about Murray. Were they real or did you just dream them? Either way, no one will ever believe you...
Bill Murray Will Do Your Dishes
Sometimes, life imitates art. Norwegian college student Lykke Stavnef experienced her own Lost in Translation moment in Scotland when Bill Murray accepted her invitation to her house party while he was out on the town. Not only did all the guests at the party have rave reviews of Murray as a party guest, the actor even washed all of the dirty dishes in the house. The question now is, what's more jealousy-inducing: that Bill Murray came to someone's house party or that someone voluntarily did all of their dishes?
Bill Murray Bartends
This story is probably the most famous, and most well-documented Murray story. At the 2010 South by Southwest music festival, Murray was not only a respected patron of one of the bars in Austin, he became a bartender for a night, too. And his fellow guest bartenders were none other that Wu-Tang's RZA and GZA. What's more is that Murray had his own style of bartending: instead of giving patrons what they ordered, he'd just give them a shot of tequila.
Bill Murray Does Karaoke
Ok, this guy really rocks some serious Lost in Translation vibes in real life. Apparently, when one fan saw Murray at a karaoke bar in New York City, he invited Murray to do karaoke with him and his friends. Amazingly, Murray accepted, and not only hung around for hours singing songs with his new friends, he bought them all a round of fancy Chartreuse. There's pictures to prove it, and while they could be from anywhere. the very thought of Bill Murray doing karaoke in real life is epic enough.
Bill Murray Doesn't Do Autographs
Nope, Bill Murray is too good for autographs. He gave his fans one better: a Wes Anderson-style, slow motion walkthrough.
Bill Murray Loses in Kickball
In yet another friendly interruption, Murray party crashed a friendly game of kickball. Although he was spending time with his son on Roosevelt Island, he managed to make some time to play a short game of kickball, managing to get on a base. The team still lost, but they got some pretty good pictures out of it.
Bill Murray Rats Out Kelly Lynch
According to Lynch, star of the Patrick Swayze movie Road House, Murray calls her husband, writer-producer Mitch Glazer, every time he sees that Road House is appearing on basic cable. Why? To tell him (in her words) that "'Kelly’s having sex with Patrick Swayze right now. They’re doing it. He’s throwing her against the rocks.'"
Bill Murray on "No One Will Ever Believe You"
A common myth on the Internet is the template Bill Murray Story, in which someone or their brother/mother/sister/cousin receives a mischievous visit from Murray, who steals a fry/their hat/a hug, shouting "No one will ever believe you!" and disappearing off into the distance. Whether these stories are true or not cannot be proved, but the best part is that Murray will neither confirm or deny them. The last time he got this question in GQ, he answered:
[Long pause] I know. I know, I know, I know. I've heard about that from a lot of people. A lot of people. I don't know what to say. There's probably a really appropriate thing to say. Something exactly and just perfectly right. [long beat, and then he breaks into a huge grin] But by God, it sounds crazy, doesn't it? Just so crazy and unlikely and unusual?