The summer of 1984 was a pretty crazy one for Bill Murray.
In an excerpt from Nick Semlyen’s new book Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the ’80s Changed Hollywood Forever published at Entertainment Weekly, Murray opens up about the blockbuster success of “Ghostbusters”
“They scream your name like they’re being raped or killed,” Murray said of fans’ public reactions when the film was released. “Things got really weird this summer.”
There were positives to the extreme fame Murray experienced, though.
“I went to dinner with my agent—I was a movie star, a big shot in my mind—and there across the restaurant was Cary Grant,” Murray recalled. “I was gobsmacked. It was everything I could do to not get up and walk over to his table. But I didn’t. I just held it together. And as he left the restaurant, he gave me a look that said, ‘That was cool. I know what you were doing. I know what you felt. And you sat there and didn’t do it. And that was cool.’”
Still, it was a strange experience for Murray being hounded by the public.
“We’d go out to some bar one night and the next night it would be packed with thousands of people,” he said. “After a few days I’d lie awake in bed in the middle of the night, and it was like there were carloads of people out there, driving out in the dark looking for me.”