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The man, the Murray

Bill Murray is one of my favourite actors, alongside William H Macy, Edward Norton and Tim Robbins. He is infatuated with deadpan comedy as we are to the quirky traits of his characters. His earlier portrays of forlorn middle-aged men with the penchant for the dire and the wry have been magnificently captured in films such as Groundhog Day and Rushmore. In the wonderfully weird mockumentary Coffee and Cigarettes. Bill Murray plays himself impersonating a waiter.

That’s Bill Murray for you. Excruciatingly funny without him wanting to be so.

Post-millennium he has been on a roll, starring a string of movies that someday will be clinically analyzed to understand human behaviour. If you ever need proof that time has a way with people, be it seconds, hours or years, watch films like Broken Flowers, Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, or Lost In Translation. Even his recent cameo in Wes Anderson’s Darjeeling Limited is unintentionally hilarious.

His eyes hold spoils of long years of indifference to life and art. Thankfully, his brilliance is such that the audience believes that his character requires him to do so. Almost all of his characters shed wisdom and woes for psychotropic drugs and disenchantment. He is one of the finest actors to have ever lit a cigarette.

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