We’ve got lengthy heard rumors concerning the troublesome nature Bill Murray has typically had on units of his movies. One movie that always will get pointed to as a film he was significantly obnoxious on is What About Bob?, however this really makes good sense seeing as how the character Bob was really insufferable within the movie. If he was technique performing, he was doing a superb job. However sadly, this wasn’t his solely on-set criticism, and one among them value him a friendship.
Murray and his Ghostbusters co-star Harold Ramis got here up collectively, first beginning on the famed Second Metropolis improv comedy troupe in Chicago in 1970. The pair labored on The Nationwide Lampoon Radio Hour and The Nationwide Lampoon Present, earlier than Murray went on to grow to be a forged member on SNL and Ramis turned head author at Second Metropolis’s personal TV present SCTV.
The actors reunited for quite a few ‘80s comedies including Meatballs, Caddyshack, and Stripes, before making the first and second Ghostbusters films, launching them into another level of fame.
The pair went on to sign on to the comedy Groundhog Day, with Ramis directing from a script he co-wrote, and Murray starring in the film. But this was the one that drove a wedge between them that lasted decades.
Danny Rubin co-wrote the script for the film with Ramis, and he said the original script wasn’t as direct because the story we ended up seeing and went at a slower tempo. He stated that Murray requested to collaborate with him on re-writes, and he and producer Trevor Albert defined within the ebook Wild and Loopy Guys by Nick De Semlyen that Murray’s modifications messed with the story a lot, they have been not sure the place to go from there, and Murray wouldn’t even return Ramis’ calls concerning the ordeal. As soon as that received ironed out, the manufacturing was one other story totally.
Invoice Murray arrived on location in Woodstock, Illinois, which was doubling for Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and Ramis was lastly in a position to meet along with his pal, but it surely was removed from a pleasant alternate. Whereas Ramis hoped for Groundhog Day to be humorous, heat and romantic, Murray felt prefer it wanted to be considerably chilly with a concentrate on existential disaster. Their differing viewpoints would create a confrontational relationship all through all the shoot.
Through the shoot, the arguments between Ramis and Murray have been so unhealthy that Ramis informed Murray to get an assistant who may relay messages between them. Murray then employed a younger deaf lady, which clearly did not repair the difficulty. Ramis informed Leisure Weekly:
“He hired a personal assistant who was profoundly deaf, did not have oral speech, spoke only American sign language, which Bill did not speak, nor did anyone else in the production. But Bill said, ‘Don’t worry, I’m going to learn sign language.’ And I think it was so inconvenient that in a couple weeks, he gave that up.”
Rubin was solely round for the primary week of filming, so he did not witness all the stress and disagreements, however he recalled, “It wasn’t really between Harold and Bill — it was Bill. There was something going on with him. Because Harold seemed as bewildered by the whole thing as I was.”
Some attributed Murray’s private struggles, the divorce from his first spouse, as a part of his troubles. Some say he resented his skilled accolades being tied to Ramis. However regardless of the problem, the 2 didn’t converse to 1 one other for 21 years.
In 2010, Ramis was identified with autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. This gave him hassle with strolling and talking for the remaining years of his life till his passing in February 2014. Murray ended up paying an sudden go to to Ramis’ residence within the North Shore of Chicago shortly earlier than his demise. Accompanied by a police escort and a field of doughnuts, Murray arrived early within the morning and the 2 spent a pair hours making amends and laughing like outdated mates once more.
After Ramis handed away in 2014, Murray made one final gesture of reconciliation for his pal. Whereas presenting the award for Finest Cinematography on the 2014 Academy Awards, after studying all the nominees, Murray added, “Oh, we forgot one: Harold Ramis for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day.”
It’s a bummer these mates missed out on all these years they may have stayed collaborators and mates, but it surely’s nice they have been in a position to reconcile earlier than it was too late.