Bill Murray has achieved the kind of accomplishment you really can’t commemorate with any statue—by sheer force of character, with his unique blend of sad slackerism and joie de vive, he’s managed to transcend the role of Hollywood hero and become a full-blown cultural icon. He’s like our generation’s Steve McQueen. Still, it’d probably be nice to win an Oscar.
Which I’m convinced is behind Murray’s latest couple roles—first, there was playing FDR in the historical piece “Hyde Park on Hudson” (even the name screams Oscar), and now Deadline reports that he’ll star with Daniel Craig and Cate Blanchett in “The Monuments Men,” a period drama set in World War II Germany, directed by George Clooney.
This whole thing smells suspiciously like Kate Winslet’s scene in “Extras,” talking about how WWII movies result in “Oscars coming out the ass.”
Don’t believe me? Deadline notes of “Monuments Men,” the struggle “came down to the absolute destruction of everything that makes a culture keep its standing, including the lives that are lost and the sacrifices that are made.” Hello? Oscar much? Murray was nominated for “Lost in Translation,” but has never won. We’re rooting for you, Bill.
Check out the “Hyde Park on Hudson” trailer and Winslet’s scene below.