Bill Murray doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who’d ever get depressed over losing an Oscar, right? Well, Murray admits that despite not wanting to care, losing the Oscar for ‘Lost in Translation’ was truly disappointing to him.
In an interview with GQ, he says, “The one time I got a bunch of prizes, I just assumed I’d win them all. Because I’d been winning them all. …I really saw something in myself and I thought, ‘Oh, my God. I really did want that thing!’ Some part of me was disappointed that I got tricked into thinking it was important. I told myself, if that happens again, I don’t want to do that. I’ve since realized that it was good I didn’t win, because I wasn’t ready. Guys go for five years without working because they’re thinking, ‘Oh, this isn’t Oscar-worthy.’ They become paralyzed. So. It would have fed that thing that I found in myself, without my even knowing. It would have been really malformed. Because I had it wrong.”
He also talks about today’s comedies, saying, “I think there’s something that I can bring to a comedy today, but I don’t know where to bring it. I’ve actually thought about having a manager again. Just to clear my head and have a plan. ….Eh, it’s not that attractive to have a plan. I know that if I ever feel that I need to make afunny movie, I’ll figure out how to write one. I’ll get it done. If I ever get some ambition, I’m gonna get some sh-t done.”
And what makes successful comedies? He says, “It’s not so much what you do, but the way in which you do it. I can slap you on the back and it can be a wonderful thing, if it’s done with joy. But if I slap you on the back just as you’re coming out of the elevator, and I’ve had too much to drink, it’s a completely different thing.”