Bill Murray does not like hard work. It’s official. And that wasn’t the only tongue-in-cheek revelation from the actor at Friday’s (7) buyer presentation for Rock The Kasbah.
“I don’t like being here,” Murray deadpanned.
“I like you all vey much. But I don’t like being here.”
Murray, dressed down in corduroys, sweater and a woolly hat, held court on his co-stars in the upcoming movie about a has-been rock manager in Afghanistan who mentors a gifted young singer through a nationwide talent contest.
On Bruce Willis: “You’ll like working with him. He brings you bottle of wine.”
On Danny McBride: “He’s a big human being with enormous soul.”
On Shia LaBeouf: “Shia LaBeouf I don’t know. He’s got a funny name so he has to deal with that. That’s his cross to bear.”
As for himself, Murray offered the following nugget: “Myself? Look at me. I’m suffering. I’m here. I showed up. I don’t make a big thing about it. I’m in Berlin and I’m not afraid of riding a bicycle.
“I’ve got to go back to the hotel and answer questions about what it’s like to work with Wes Anderson [on festival opener The Grand Budapest Hotel.] Then tomorrow I’ve got to answer questions about working with George Clooney [on The Monuments Men]. You think you’re bored? I have to answer the same questions 700 times.”
Returning to the matter at hand Bill Block, CEO of the movie’s financier and sales agent QED International and event emcee at the Sony Center, said production would kick off in Marrakesh on June 2 and reminded buyers of the fresh US deal with Open Road Films.
Director Barry Levinson said he expected Murray to be outstanding in the role of the washed-up rock manager and said the conflict in Afghanistan was one we still didn’t really understand.
For his part Murray opined that Mitch Glazer’s script suggested that Rock The Kasbah, with its truth and humour, could become a kind of modern-day M*A*S*H.
The master of droll comedy is ready for the hard work, even if it will cause him pain. “I don’t like work… but when I do I work very hard… I’m sure you feel the same way. This work thing is crap.”