Just when it seems impossible for Bill Murray do anything more cool he goes and one-ups himself with yet another story of him doing something you can hardly believe: like taking over a cabbie’s taxi so he could hear him play the saxophone.
Last time we checked in on Bill he was taking tickets at a minor league baseball game. Before that he was crashing a couple’s engagement photo. But this story of Murray driving some stranger’s cab might be his finest moment yet.
Appearing at the Toronto Film Festival on Friday for Bill Murray Day last week, Murray was on stage when dropped this little gem of a story on us…
He recalled that the night before the festival, he got into a taxi in Oakland and ended up driving the cab driver around. “When I’m conscious, it is a conscious decision,” Murray said of his off-screen antics before going on to describe how the driver mentioned he was a saxophone player.
“I said, ‘When do you practice?’ He said, ‘I drive 14 hours a day.’” Murray then asked him, “Well, where’s your sax?” The driver replied, “In the trunk.” Murray told the cabbie, “Pull over and get in the back, I know how to drive a car.’ ”
“Not only did he play all the way to Sausalito, which is a long way, we stopped and got barbecue. He [wound up] playing in what some would call a sketchy, weird place in Oakland at 2:15 in the morning. I was like, ‘Relax, man, you’ve got the [bleeping] horn! We’re cool!’ And it was great and it made for a beautiful night!” (source)
Bill Murray, ladies and gentlemen.
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