Bill Murray

Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Open Road Films/AP Images

Bill Murray's first ever Comic-Con entrance was one for the books.

The iconic actor arrived at the Rock the Kasbah panel in character as Richie Lanz not from the bowels of backstage, but from the back of Hall H among the fans. He walked past the mass of people who waited overnight to see him while "Smoke on the Water" blasted through the speakers.

He was a rock star.

After doing some bits in character and throwing a completely full water bottle into the crowd talking about how important it was "to stay hydrated," it was time to get down to Comic-Con business.

Moderator's first order of business for Murray: What took him so long to get to Comic-Con?

"I don't know," he admits. "I've done some good [movies]. I've done some comical ones, for sure. And I've done some that I maybe should have been convicted for."

He can't be talking about Garfield, right? Nah…

Bill Murray's reputation is certainly one of mystique and intimidation, but he insists he's not tough to work with. The opposite, actually.

"I go to work with a knife strapped to my leg. It just means people are going to know their lines," he jokes.

 "We try to be relaxed as possible," he continues. "That's the way I like to work. It makes people feel comfortable. I came from Chicago, the Second City theater. We were taught you don't have to get tense while working. Worry about making other people look good. And everybody relaxes."

Bill Murray has had an insanely wonderful career, but there is one role that he says is one of his favorites.

"Once upon a time, I did save the city of New York," he announced to a roaring crowd, referring to Ghostbusters. "When I had the coolest damn car to drive around Manhattan."

Maybe he'll pop up in the new Ghostbusters?!

Since Rock the Kasbah is all about music, Bill talked a lot about musicians and guess who he is a huge fan of? None other than Miley Cyrus.

"I'm gonna say this officially: Miley Cyrus is good," he says about witnessing her sing recently. "Miley Cyrus is really f--king good. She can really sing. I thought she was a knucklehead, funny girl. She can really sing and she floored everybody. I don't want to hear anymore bad rap for Miley Cyrus. Not Miley Cyrus. She's a pro. We'll leave [the bad rap] for Rick Ross."

And since Bill's life is full of rumors about his roles, Horowitz wanted to clear some up, so he asked if Murray was ever up for the role of Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy.

"I don't know if I was ever up for Han Solo," he says. "But I am working out now in the hopes of getting [the Han Solo origin film role]. Just a lot of swimming and pilates."

"It feels wonderful to be in this room, it really does," he said near the end of the panel. "I feel comfortable in this room. I don't know if it's passion, but I like when people get excited about something."

After the panel, Bill left the way he came in: through the crowd of fans as "Smoke in the Water" played, giving out high-fives.

  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share