Instead of an agent or a manager, Bill Murray relies on a secret 1-800 phone number to be contacted about potential roles, and finally, he’s telling the world why.
In a recent interview with IndieWire, the actor revealed the exact reason why he created the unlisted number.
“I had a house phone, and it would just ring and ring,” Murray said. “Finally, I’d pick up the phone and I’d say, ‘Who in the f**k is calling me and letting my phone ring like that?’ The agent would say, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, I’m calling for so-and-so.’ I’d say, ‘Look, you can’t do this. This is my house. If I don’t answer the phone, don’t do that because you’re making me not like you.”
However, the 68-year-old made sure to explain that he understood the pressure that agents have to deal with on a daily basis. “Their job is, ‘Get me Bill Murray on the phone.’ They have nothing else to do,” Murray said.
So, “The Dead Don’t Die” star decided to take matters into his own hands and find a solution that would keep Hollywood agents off of his back.
“I just unplugged the phone and then I got this 800 number, which is very handy,” he shared.
Although this new form of communication was convenient for him, it wasn’t necessarily for others, including “St. Vincent” director Ted Melfi, who said he left numerous messages on Murray’s voicemail over the course of a number of months in 2014 before finally getting through to him via his attorney.
“I’m not very disciplined anymore,” Murray revealed. “This was a way you could not answer any phone, and whenever you felt like engaging, you could check to see who had bothered to call and what the message was. It just freed up my life a whole lot.”
Check out more of Murray’s interview with IndieWire here.