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Why Bill Murray Is Hollywood's Most Elusive Star

With no agent or manager, the enigmatic actor can only be reached on a top-secret personal number.

Bill Murray, the American star of Lost in Translation, has no agent and no manager. And he really doesn't need them either: Hollywood's most unreachable actor can only be contacted on a top-secret telephone number, which he picks up at his own convenience.  

Currently promoting Jim Jarmusch's The Dead Don’t Die, the actor has said he set up the mysterious telephone line years ago in order to escape incessant calls. In an interview with Indiewire, he explains that his old landline would ring constantly throughout the day. Sometimes he'd even answer the phone rudely:


"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."

Bad News For Agents

With agents scrambling over one another to offer him roles, Bill Murray prefers to hide behind the infamous phone number. Ted Melfi, the director of St. Vincent, admitted that it took him months to get hold of the actor and that he left numerous messages before receiving a positive response. 

And he's not the only one to have had problems: according to the National Post, the actor has even missed out on a few opportunities because his telephone number is kept so secret. Here's just one example: Robert Downey Jr. once said that the actor was to be offered a role in Iron Man, but nobody was able to get hold of him.


Bill Murray prefers to collaborate with his friends: Sofia Coppola, Jim Jarmusch and Wes Anderson don't seem to have any difficulty contacting him, luckily. But if your name isn't on his list, it's a lot harder to reach him... 

"Sorry, I'm busy living", says Bill. Smart move…


Article translated by: Eleanor Staniforth


By Emma Ceccaldi, published on 13/06/2019


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