The weird and wonderful Bill Murray prefers to keep people guessing, which
might be why his profile in the January issue of GQ opens with him crashing a
kickball game in a New York park. It also explains why the enigmatic comedy
legend segued from his acclaimed turn in "Moonrise Kingdom" to "Hyde Park on
Hudson," in which he juggles mistresses and politics as President Franklin
Reviews for Murray's performance have been positive, but he admits to the magazine that he's uneasy about what could happen next.
"The one time I got a bunch of prizes [for 2003's 'Lost in Translation'], I
just assumed I'd win them all," he says. "Because I'd been winning them all. ...
I really saw something in myself and I thought, 'Oh, my God. I really did want
Murray, 62, lost the Best Actor Oscar to Sean Penn, but he believes that outcome was for the best.
"Some part of me was disappointed that I got tricked into thinking it was important," he acknowledges. "I told myself, if that happens again, I don't want to do that. I've since realized that it was good I didn't win, because I wasn't ready. Guys go for five years without working because they're thinking, 'Oh, this isn't Oscar-worthy.' They become paralyzed. So it would have fed that thing that I found in myself, without my even knowing. It would have been really malformed. Because I had it wrong."
The big question remains: Will the man nicknamed the Murricane (courtesy of his friend, writer-producer Mitch Glazer) ever return to his comedic roots, or will he continue to find an outlet for his Ginsu-sharp funny side in awesomely strange encounters that purportedly end with him telling his unsuspecting target, "No one will ever believe you"?
"It's really a question I have," Murray muses to GQ. "I think there's something that I can bring to a comedy today, but I don't know where to bring it. I've actually thought about having a manager again. Just to clear my head and have a plan."
After thinking about that for a few seconds, Bill decides, "Eh, it's not that attractive to have a plan. I know that if I ever feel that I need to make a funny movie, I'll figure out how to write one. I'll get it done. If I ever get some ambition, I'm gonna get some [bleep] done. ... What? It could happen."
Murray's GQ cover hits newsstands on Christmas Day.