Viewers across the UK are anxiously awaiting the February premiere of Golden Globe nominee, Hyde Park on Hudson. Hollywood A-Lister Bill Murray portrays U.S. President FDR in 1939, as his most prominent love affair with cousin Daisy unfolds amid a Royal visit to his Hyde Park estate.
Murray’s presidential take reflects his eclectic range of performances, from all-time great Caddyshack to televisions screens every Saturday night as a fan favourite on Saturday Night Live. In celebration of his Golden Globe nominated performance in Hyde Park on Hudson, we give you just a few of our favourite Murray moments.
‘‘Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It look like a mirac…It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!’’ Perhaps one of the most quoted lines from one of the most quoted movies of all time comes from Murray himself. Thanks to this raunchy 80s comedy, Murray will forever be known as the goofy greenskeeper with a dislike for gophers, Karl Spackler. Look out for Murray the next time you play a round, as this real life amateur golfer does his best to get it in the hole on the course.
Just one of many Murray performances in a film regarded as classics, Murray shines in this ensemble comedy as the sleazy and cynical Dr. Peter Venkman. After their Columbia University research funding depletes, a trio of Parapsychology professors begin a career in spectral investigation and removal. Several of the film’s best lines come from Murray, sparking curiosity in the idea that Murray’s onscreen talent emerged via improvisation. More than 25 years later, Ghostbusters is still a blockbuster hit.
Groundhog Day (1993)
Pennsylvania weatherman, Phil Connors (Murray) finds himself reliving Groundhog Day over and over again while discovering the possibilities of life, love and everything in between. This light-hearted comedy shows Murray as he transitions to a more reserved style of humour. Viewers are invited to celebrate an American tradition as Murray lives life like there’s no tomorrow. Literally. Groundhog Day was named by Bravo as one of the ‘‘100 Funniest Movies.’’
Lost In Translation (2003)
Murray earned his first and only Oscar and BAFTA awards (to date) in Sofia Coppola’s Lost In Translation. An actor playing an actor, Murray is Bob Harris, a washed up actor on the brink of a midlife crisis offered big bucks to film a whisky commercial in Tokyo. Along the way, he develops a friendship with a young newlywed (Scarlett Johansson) as they attempt to transition through life together. This film is quite significant as Murray received some of the best reviews of cinematic career. Plus, his ‘‘More Than This’’ by Roxy Music rendition never gets old.
Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)
Hyde Park on Hudson showcases Murray as President FDR, as he hosts the King and Queen of England at his Hyde Park estate for the first Royal visit to the States. The film takes a look at the President’s relationship with his multiple lovers, including wife Eleanor and distant cousin Daisy. Director Roger Mitchell said the film’s future was dependent on Murray agreeing to be the character of FDR. Not only did Murray play the role, he delivered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance in a musical or comedy.
Be sure to catch all the drama and laughs when Hyde Park on Hudson comes to cinemas 1 February 2013.