Bill ‘FUCKING’ Murray: Cassie-la Investigates ‘The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray’ by Robert Schnakenberg

The Big Bad Book of BIll MurrayThe Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World’s Finest Actor by Robert Schnakenberg (Advanced Reader Copy)
Release Date
: September 15, 2015
Genre
: Non-fiction, biography, film, everything you could ever want to know about Bill Murray and then some
Rating: 4.35 out of 5 stars

Summary: The man, the myth, the legend: Bill Murray. In addition to his classic films, the actor (who can only be reached on a secret 800 number) has entered the pop-culture pantheon for crashing funerals, bachelor parties, kickball games, college shindigs and almost every Wes Anderson project. Want to know everything there is to know about this Hollywood powerhouse? Read this A to Z compendium detailing the life and movies of the one, the only, Bill “Fucking” Murray.

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray is an unauthorized biography about “The Murricane,” arguably the greatest actor (slash person) in the world, the people who love him and those who love to hate him. It also serves as a collection of film critiques, from his wacky comedy days to his later quirky dramas.

The book is presented in an A to Z format, covering people, places and movies and is interspersed with photos and random stories of Bill Murray’s antics.

Despite the formatting and the tendency to jump around through his career, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray paints a vivid picture of the unpredictable actor, who is bad at communicating, prone to disappearing and sometimes shows up where you least expect him. Despite this, deep down he seems like a good guy who just wants to live his life on his own terms — even if that means wandering off a movie set.

Thanks to the encyclopedia format, you will learn everything there is to know about Bill Murray, the best part being his well-documented eccentric behavior, like that time he crashed a bachelor party, and Elvis’ funeral, and a New York City kickball game, and a college party where he washed all the students’ dirty dishes.

A lot of emphasis is also placed on Murray’s 800 number, which he set up in 2000 after firing his agents. The only way to contact him is to call this automated 800 number which he rarely gives out or checks — hence why the tome is filled with information about missed movie opportunities like Toy Story and Little Miss Sunshine.

The compilation of missed roles was definitely interesting, but the best Murray story I read actually revolves around the cult classic Road House. Apparently, every time the film is on television, Murray will call his friend Mitch Glazer — who married Kelly Lynch, Patrick Swayze’s love interest in the film — to tell him that his wife’s old and embarrassing sex scene is on TV. Once he even called from Russia to inform his friend that Patrick Swayze was currently having his way with Glazer’s wife against a fireplace.

The only downside to this format is that the book can border on repetitive in some places and is a little too comprehensive at times. For example, under the letter C you will learn about his work in Caddyshack, that Murray is not a fan of Cheers, but does think Cinnabon and Con Air are both awesome.

THE GOOD

  • Bill Murray
  • BILL MURRAY
  • Bill “Fucking” Murray

Bill Murray Whiskey Dancing GIF

THE BAD

  • Can border on too inclusive — do you care that Bill Murray is unimpressed by Lucille Ball?
  • Doesn’t really contain anything new — everything can pretty much be found on the internet

Bill Murray Tree GIF

Not up on your Murray knowledge but are a Bill Murray fan? Go read this book, I promise you’ll get the urge to re-watch Ghostbusters. And Lost in Translation. And Rushmore. And Kingpin. And almost everything in the Murray canon. Just not Garfield. Never Garfield.

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One thought on “Bill ‘FUCKING’ Murray: Cassie-la Investigates ‘The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray’ by Robert Schnakenberg

  1. […] The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World’s Finest Actor by Robert Schnakenberg This unofficial biography details the life and the films of actor Bill “the Murricane” Murray as well as his personal antics, which include crashing funerals, bachelor parties and kickball games. Part biography and part film critique, this book is all Murray. [READ FULL REVIEW] […]

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