There's never a dull moment when Bill Murray's around. He was in fine form at the Toronto Film Festival press conference for his new film, "Hyde Park on Hudson," in which he plays Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The funnyman was joined by co-stars Laura Linney and Olivia Williams, as well as director Roger Michell and writer Richard Nelson. All had great insights about the film, but we'll get to those closer to the movie's release date (December 21, 2012).
In the meantime, here's a highlight reel (of sorts) of Murray's funniest remarks. He had quips about everything from his lingering "revolutionary rage" to Helen Hunt.
On being carried around the set by actor Martin McDougall:
I believe he's changed his name since he was asked to carry me around the set. I tried to just have salad at lunch but it really didn't help. He's about as heavy as Olivia [Williams] and about as tall as Minnie Mouse. But he's strong. And so he had the honor of carrying me around.
On filming in England:
I tried to behave as well as I could. We were working with English people, and that's a test. I still have a lot of revolutionary rage. I just tried to put a damper on that. It was a difficult time for me.
On British food:
There's the food over there, which we have to talk about a bit. There's movie food and then there's movie food. None of it's any good. But this gave us a reason to be homesick.
On the many women in FDR's life:
It was like a henhouse. It was insane. These women are all barking at each other -- the mother, the girlfriend, the wife, the secretary and the maids. This guy was beleaguered. They were all after him. Thank God he had a dog!
On funny people Tom Hanks and Helen Hunt appearing in dramatic films at TIFF:
Oh well, they can't get work. They have to do drama.
On the healing power of comedy:
I don't hear people say, "I was feeling sick and miserable, and then I watched 'Shawshank Redemption' and felt great."
On the importance of sticking to the script:
It's important ... if the script is good.
On what it was like being nominated for an Oscar for "Lost in Translation":
You get dressed up in a tux a couple of times and you get to be on TV, which is sweet. And you can either win or lose. I later realized, even though I didn't know it at the time, I had gotten a little caught up in the possibility of winning, so shame on myself for getting caught up in it. But I had won a lot of the prizes, so I thought, well, it didn't seem unnatural that I would be rewarded just one more time. So when it didn't happen I was like, well that's odd ... an extraordinary number of people think that I won. I never try to say, "No, that's not true, I was just nominated."
<strong>Starring:</strong> Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, Paul Dano <strong>Why It's Worth Seeing:</strong> TIFF 2012's opening film is action, drama and sci-fi all in one. In this cinematic age, it's tough to find a compelling original script anymore; thankfully "Looper" takes the concept of time travel and does something we've never seen before. Bonus points go to the child actor (Pierce Gagnon) in this one -- he's so good you won't believe it.
<strong>Starring:</strong> Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon <strong>Why It's Worth Seeing:</strong> This is the directorial debut of David Cronenberg's son, Brandon. Time to see if the proverbial apple falls anywhere close to the tree. Seems like he does with this chilling plot -- the movie focuses on obsessed fans who want to be infected with their favourite celebrity's viruses.
'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower'
<strong>Starring:</strong> Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd <strong>Why It's Worth Seeing:</strong> This film will be the teenage opus for the next little while, so it's probably a good idea to get acquainted with it. Heavily emotional and brutally honest, "Perks" will make you feel uncomfortable. (It's also another wonderful performance from Miller, who you can expect big things from in the future.)
<strong>Starring:</strong> Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant <strong>Why It's Worth Seeing:</strong> Based on the novel of the same name, this story has often been described as "impossible" to turn into a film. Looks like <em>someone</em> was up to the challenge. If the stunning trailer accurately portrays the film, then this one will be a doozy.
'The Place Beyond The Pines'
<strong>Starring:</strong> Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne, Ray Liotta <strong>Why It's Worth Seeing:</strong> We know why Gosling fans want to go; like last year's "Drive," the Canadian heartthrob's driving another potentially dangerous vehicle, this time a motorcycle. The film chronicles a multi-generational feud between cops and robbers, fathers and sons and heroes and villains. Oh, and Gosling bleached his hair for the role.
'On The Road'
<strong>Starring:</strong> Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley, Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst <strong>Why It's Worth Seeing:</strong> Based upon the world-famous Jack Kerouac novel of the same name, it'll be interesting to see how the book translates into film. Full of drugs and ennui, the story travels across America as the wanderers try to discover their true paths and identities, meeting an eclectic group of characters along the way.
<strong>Starring:</strong> Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern <strong>Why It's Worth Seeing:</strong> Word has it that this film is a commentary on Scientology (called "The Cause" in the movie); a post-war, floundering Navy vet is mesmerized by The Cause and its charismatic leader, and is inevitably sucked in. With all the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce speculation going on, this makes for one very timely film.
'To The Wonder'
<strong>Starring:</strong> Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem, Olga Kurylenko <strong>Why It's Worth Seeing:</strong> Whether you loved or hated director Terrence Malick's last film, the poetic, epic "The Tree Of Life," it certainly stirred up conversation. "To The Wonder" promises to provoke similar discussion, as this movie dissects love in its various forms, right down to the sometimes-ugly core.
<strong>Starring:</strong> Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson <strong>Why It's Worth Seeing:</strong> As if this lead cast wasn't enough, check out the plot: struggling screenwriter Farrell gets all wrapped up in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his idiotic friends steal a gangster's Shih-Tzu. (We can hear all the puns already!)
'West Of Memphis'
<strong>Starring:</strong> Appearances by Johnny Depp, Eddie Vedder, Peter Jackson and more <strong>Why It's Worth Seeing:</strong> This documentary's buzz has been deafening. It looks closely at a case in Arkansas involving three teenagers (known as "The West Memphis Three") who were tried and convicted of murdering three boys in 1994, despite their claims that they were innocent. A shocking look at the American justice/judicial process.
<strong>Starring:</strong> Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, John Cusack <strong>Why It's Worth Seeing:</strong> Everyone's been talking about the Nicole Kidman-Zac Efron "pee" scene, and yes, that's just bizarre enough to check out, but there's more to this film than that. This chilling film noir takes us into the sultry backwaters of South Florida in the 1960s -- a raw place rarely uncovered.
<strong>Starring:</strong> Annette Bening, Kristen Wiig, Matt Dillon, Darren Criss <strong>Why It's Worth Seeing:</strong> Besides the alliteration in each cast member's name (which is weird), who doesn't love seeing Kristen Wiig in anything? In this movie, she stages her own fake suicide to win back her ex-boyfriend, but instead ends up being forced into the custody of her gambling addict mother.
<strong>Starring:</strong> Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Kyle Chandler, John Goodman <strong>Why It's Worth Seeing:</strong> Another powerhouse cast bringing a real-life event to the big screen, "Argo" is directed by Affleck. If you loved "The Town," then you'll probably dig this movie about a CIA specialist seeking to save six Americans stranded in Tehran. Canada plays a starring role, too.
'Hyde Park On Hudson'
<strong>Starring:</strong> Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Samuel West, Olivia Colman, Laura Linney <strong>Why It's Worth Seeing:</strong> As if seeing Bill Murray as FDR isn't enough (check out that picture!), the scenery is gorgeous and the movie takes the period drama to the next level -- closely examining the relationship between the U.S. and Great Britain at the beginning of WWII.
'Everybody Has A Plan'
<strong>Starring:</strong> Viggo Mortensen <strong>Why It's Worth Seeing:</strong> This man knows how to carry a movie, and he's the focal point of this one. Having grown bored with his life in Buenos Aires, he assumes the identity of his dead identical twin brother only to discover that sometimes the grass may only <em>look</em> greener.
'A Late Quartet'
<strong>Starring:</strong> Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Ivanir, Imogen Poots <strong>Why It's Worth Seeing:</strong> Aside from seeing some veteran actors in very strong roles, this touching drama examines how passion for one thing can destroy everything else if not kept in check. If you're a fan of Beethoven and string quartets, then this one is for you.
<strong>Starring:</strong> Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey <strong>Why It's Worth Seeing:</strong> A superhero movie at TIFF? What's going on here? Revisiting the comic anti-hero Dredd, "Dredd 3D" is filmed in slow-motion photography sequences, and promises a ton of dark, visceral action.
'End Of Watch'
<strong>Starring:</strong> Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena <strong>Why It's Worth Seeing:</strong> We've seen corrupt cops, we've seen fat cops, and we've seen the "COPS" cops. This movie takes us into the nitty-gritty day-to-day life of regular Joe police officers who patrol some of the meanest streets in the US.
<strong>Starring:</strong> Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, Winona Ryder, David Schwimmer, Ray Liotta <strong>Why It's Worth Seeing:</strong> Serial killers make for interesting movie subjects, no matter if we loathe them. Inspired by the true-life story of Richard Kuklinski -- a little-known criminal who's believed to have killed more than 250 people over a 30-year span.
<strong>Starring:</strong> Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins <strong>Why It's Worth Seeing:</strong> This is Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut. That's reason enough. Plus Maggie Smith and her co-stars play cantankerous divas -- a truly enjoyable way to spend a couple hours.
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