If you’ve spent the last 10 years in the stupor of baffled consternation over Bill Murray’s decision to voice the big screen version of a cartoon cat, then prepare to breath a sigh of relief. Bill Murray has an explanation for you and it’s quite simple actually: He was confused.
In a recent chat on Reddit, the famously inscrutable actor revealed why he decided to follow up his Golden Globe winning (and Academy Award nominated) performance in Lost in Translation with Garfield and, it turns out, it was all a simple case of mistaken identity. He thought he had signed on for a Coen Brothers film (Barton Fink, Fargo) because the screenplay was credited to Joel Cohen.
“I only read a few pages of it, and I kind of wanted to do a cartoon movie, because I looked at the screenplay and it said “Joel Cohen” on it.
And I wasn’t thinking clearly, because it was spelled Cohen, not Coen.”
Murray goes on to offer personal insights on a variety of topics including the legalization of marijuana, time travel, Kristen Wiig and sandwiches. He does not, however, explain how we ended up with the 2006 sequel Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties.
Read Murray’s full chat with Reddit here.