Bill Murray Crashes Parties Around New York
If you're a twentysomething planning a house party anywhere in New York, don't be surprised if actor Bill Murray shows up unannounced.
A series of stories about Murray's drop-ins to loft parties hosted by strangers have been making the rounds in New York.
At around 3:30 on the morning after Halloween, two dozen twentysomething hipsters linger at a loft party in East Williamsburg. The kegs are dry, but die-hard stragglers are still dancing drunkenly in the main room. Dave Summers, a 29-year-old grad student at the Bank Street College of Education and one of the party's hosts, has dressed as a cloud for the night—his baby-blue T-shirt and baseball cap covered in dozens of white cotton balls. While several guests have come as Sarah Palin, one is in a furry yellow duck costume. Another is Bill Murray's character from the 1980 film Caddyshack.
Suddenly, one of Dave's guests runs over to tell him: "The real Bill Murray just walked in the door."
"You're joking," Dave scoffs.
"No, really, he's here."
Still not entirely convinced, but worried the actor might leave if there's no booze, Dave runs to a nearby bodega to grab some beer. When he returns, the shopping bag breaks in the hallway. As errant bottles roll across the floor, suddenly there's Bill Murray—leaning down to help collect the beer and even sticking one in his shirt pocket.
In October, Murray showed up at the Half King, a Chelsea bar co-owned by writer Sebastian Junger, and chatted up three young women. You can check out a photo of the meeting here.
"I suppose he was slightly flirtatious, but really, it was more like he obviously wanted a bit of a chat. He seemed a little lonely. We started talking about Mexican food and he said, 'Right, later this week I'll take you all out for Mexican food. I'll send you the best avocados in the mail so you can make fresh guacamole.' He was very gentlemanly, even though he looks quite grumpy—like a granddad." At the end of the night, he walked the girls out to the curb and hailed them a cab. "It was surreal," Sophie says. "I was like, 'Why are you here, talking to us?' " Before they parted ways, she and her friends posed for a photo with the actor.
While visiting Scotland two years ago, Murray made friends with a Norwegian exchange student. The student jokingly invited him to a house party and was stunned when Murray accepted.
As news spread around the city that Murray had turned up at the student party, the house became crowded with people wanting to meet the star of "Ghostbusters," the article said.
"He was joking with me about reheating some leftover pasta and how drunk everyone was," said partygoer Agnes Huitfeldt, 22.
Tom Wright, 22, another college student, said "the party was overflowing with stunning Scandinavian blondes."
"He seemed to be in his element, cracking lots of jokes," Wright said. "It was the talk of the town the next day."
Shortly after doing the dishes, Murray left the party, the students said.
Then there's this story, which may a little too weird to be real.
There's an urban legend that's gone round until no one is sure who it happened to, or if it happened at all. It was late one night, a few years ago, when a young man was walking through Union Square Park. He suddenly felt someone behind him, their hands over his eyes. When he turned in surprise, there was Bill Murray, his creased face leaning in close. Bill whispered, "No one is ever going to believe you," and then just walked away.
The collection of stories can be viewed two ways: Murray could just be a goofball enjoying himself, unafraid to let his guard down and mingle with his fans. Or you could say that Murray, like his character in 2003 film Lost In Translation, is suffering from middle-aged melancholia brought on from his recent divorce from Jennifer Butler Murray.