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Bill Murray Considers the Perils of Celebrity in This Lovely Animated Interview

Bill Murray Considers the Perils of Celebrity in This Lovely Animated Interview

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Oct. 27 2015 9:04 PM

Bill Murray Considers the Perils of Celebrity in This Lovely Animated Interview

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The Bill Murray of today is perhaps our foremost anti-celebrity, a man whose appeal is largely rooted in an eccentric manner and casual shunning of the Hollywood system. But in 1988, when journalist T.J. English was profiling the actor, Murray was at the very center of that system, and struggling with the massive success of his recent work.

Blank on Blanks latest episode beautifully animates English’s conversation with Murray, in which the actor notes that it’s “impossible to have any sympathy, true sympathy, for people that are famous.” The rest of their talk is just as candid, and a rare glimpse of Murray when he was only just forming his aversion to stardom.

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