Monday, July 14, 2008

When obsessions collide: Cary Grant and Bill Murray

Separated at birth?

Walter Ecklund (Cary Grant) and Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) are both alcoholic sea captains with emotional baggage and silly hats. Bill Murray will be on Turner Classic Movies "Under the Influence" tonight talking with Elvis Mitchell about his role model, Cary Grant. My obsessions have not collided in such an interstellar way since Murray got on stage at a Bob Dylan concert.

Edit: well the interview was dull as paste, but I am usually bored with interviews with my favorite actors. On top of that Bill seemed a little spaced out and he roundly denied taking any influence from His Girl Friday, though he talked about North By Northwest. This puzzled me since Cary Grant's character, Walter Burns in HGF, is a prototype for the half heel/half hero types that Murray occasionally plays. (See Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters and Phil Connors in Groundhog Day).

One bright spot in that Bill looks more like his brother Brian Doyle did in the 80s, which made me want to re-watch the Razor's Edge. "Ohhh Piedmont. Fresh meat!"


Nancy "Beaky" Bruce said...

Razor's Edge. Excellent idea.

Your comments on the interview couldn't be keener.

And Elvis kind of led him through the North by Northwest comments -- although I did appreciate Bill's description of how Cary Grant made everything look good, e.g. getting a suit out of a closet.

On the TCM website with clips, Quentin Tarantino is trying to explain why he shows His Girl Friday to some of his actors... Elvis doesn't really hear him - or listen. But the connection of His Girl Friday to Pulp Fiction is even more amusing to me than Eckland/Zissou.

On a lighter note -- my husband will appreciate the bathroom humor at the end.

Jennythenipper said...

Yeah, the "look at that man getting a suit of a closet" thing was the best part. I will look for Tarantino thing you mentioned.