Bill Murray, mythical folk hero who spreads joy across the countryside like apple seeds, and who occasionally takes a break to make a movie, was honored at the Toronto International Film Festival today with a special "Bill Murray Day."
Murray, a magical apparition who is summoned by moments of great quirkiness, seems to be pleased by this celebration of him.
The wise Shaolin sensei who drifts into town to right wrongs before disappearing into the sunset, strutted onto the stage at the film festival to the sounds of Prince's "Raspberry Beret," before serenading the crowd while wearing a hunting cap, because of course he did.
This is how Bill Murray spent Bill Murray day, according to Variety:
“I get to park anywhere,” he said, before telling the crowd that he mostly spent the day in his room hearing about the temperature. “People kept coming up and saying things like, ‘It’s real humid out there. And it’s going to get more humid. That’s what my day’s been like. It’s mostly been a weather report.”
Fans, who apparently included a baby dressed as the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, offered up gifts to the Oscar-nominated actor/extra-terrestrial being sent to Earth to teach humanity how to love, including roses and artwork, before Murray asked if anyone had brought cash for him.
Murray and director Ivan Reitman answered questions about Ghostbusters, Stripes and Groundhog Day at the event, which was set to end with a screening of Murray's newest film St. Vincent.
The movie, featuring Murray as a hard-drinking military veteran who becomes an unlikely mentor to his neighbor's young son, is set to hit theaters on Oct. 24.
Here's the latest clip: