Bill Murray Day @ TIFF: Bill Shares Personal Philosophy & his Cab Driver Story (Sep. 5, 2014)

Bill Murray Day @ TIFF: Bill Shares Personal Philosophy & his Cab Driver Story (Sep. 5, 2014)

Mitch Glazer: … that you consciously adopted, had as a kid, encouraged, the ability … you told a story last night about getting in a cab in Oakland and the guy telling you — the cab driver telling
you — that he played saxophone, and then you having to pull over, him getting in the
back, you driving the cab, him playing sax all day Mitch Glazer: … now, that’s not something
that I would do, I mean … but, it’s symptomatic, emblematic
of how I’ve seen you over the last 35 years. I’m just curious how that came about, or how
you see it? (audience laughter) Bill Murray: That’s a wonderful question,
& when you say “a conscious decision”… you know, when I’m conscious, it IS a conscious
decision! (audience laughter) Bill Murray: It really is, and I sort of … you
know the only reason … I think the only reason I’ve had the… you know, the career
life that I’ve had is that- someone told me some secrets early on about living, and that
… you know, you just have to remind yourself, you have to remember yourself, and that … “You can do the very best you can when you’re very, very relaxed, no matter what it is, whatever your job is, the more relaxed you are, the better you are!” And that’s sort of why I
got into acting! I’ve realized that the more fun I had, the better I did! And I thought,
“Well, that’s kind of a … that’s a job I could be proud of, I could be proud to have
that job! If I had to go to work and say ‘No matter what my condition, no matter what my
mood is, no matter how I feel (about) what’s going on in my life, if I could relax myself
and enjoy what I’m doing & have fun with it, then I could do my job really well!'” And it’s
CHANGED my life! It has changed my life learning that! It has made me better at what I do!
I’m not the greatest at what I do or anything, but I really enjoy what I do! I really like
my job! You know, it comes with lots of stuff along with it, but I really like to go to
work! I’m a better person when I’m at work! My whole day is better because of the hours,
maybe just the minutes of the day where I’m working as hard as I can to be relaxed, and
sensitive, and, you know, not joyous, but … you know, enjoying! You know, just seeing
this is my opportunity right now, and it’s such a powerful reminder to realize it’s gonna
be, you know, 14 feet high some day! You know, it’s sort of like an echo saying, “This is
it, Bill! You’ve got to remember NOW!”, you know! And I guess that’s … You know, when
you come into a funny situation like getting into a taxi with a guy who’s a saxophone player,
I said “When do you practice?” He says, “I don’t know, I drive, like, 14 hours a day
or something like that!” and I’m “Where’s your sax?” He says, “It’s in the trunk!” It’s
like, you know, that’s 2 and 2, it makes 4! And so we pull over, and get in the trunk,
and I know how to drive a car!! (audience laughter) Bill Murray: … and not only did he play
all the way to Sausalito, which is a long ways, we stopped and got barbecue … (audience laughter) Bill Murray: … he was playing like it was
some kind of … you know, what people would call like a sketchy rib place in Oakland at,
like, 2:15 in the morning! And it’s like “RELAX, man! You’ve got the fucking horn! We’re cool
here!” And he’s blowing the horn, and the crowd’s like, “What the hell?! This crazy
white dude playing that thing?!” And it was great, it made for a beautiful night,
and, you know, we’ve done that! And I think we’d all do that! You know, I think anyone … if
you saw that moment, you’d say, like, “This!”, and you were, as they say, available, you
know, you’d see it, you’d make the connection, and you’d do it right!

5 Replies to “Bill Murray Day @ TIFF: Bill Shares Personal Philosophy & his Cab Driver Story (Sep. 5, 2014)”

  1. This Bill Murray quote changed my life "The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything: the better you are with your loved ones, the better you are with enemies, the better you are at your job, the better you are with yourself." So simple, so true: sage advice is timeless.

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