Following the film's release, Fassbender was asked where his inspiration for his intense performance had come from. Did he study the life and public appearances of Steve Jobs? His only response: "I studied Ashton Kutcher." That is, the guy who also played the Apple bigwig in a reviled 2013 biopic, Jobs. They should have given him the Oscar nom.
Nobody Knows If Bill Murray Will Be In A Movie Until The First Day Of Shooting
Bill Murray is a sprite, playfully flitting from one adventure to the next, wandering wherever the wind and alcohol take him. This isn't just Bill Murray in his downtime; this is Bill Murray all the time. Ol' Bill refuses to employ an agent, and he sure as hell ain't doing a casting call. So how do the biggest directors in Hollywood get a hold of the business's most mercurial actors? They dial an 800 number, of course. The fabled number doesn't even have a voice message; callers are met with an impersonal beep before pleading their case for one of the world's most beloved actors to please put in an appearance in their movie, maybe, if he feels like it.
Phones are Bill Murray's #1 enemy.
Whether or not Murray intends to participate in a film is then entirely up in the air. Historically, directors and casting managers would have no idea whether or not their request would be granted until filming began and Murray randomly strolled onto set. When Chris Elliott was offered the role of Ernie McCracken in 1996's Kingpin, it was under the strict condition that should Murray show up, he would be immediately fired. Amazingly, Elliott agreed to those terms, and was offered a small cameo when Murray flipped a coin or whatever and decided to take the part.
It was the opposite of a Cinderella story.
Paul Feig went through the exact same process almost 20 years later when he attempted to bring Murray onto the Ghostbusters remake for a cameo. Right before filming was set to begin, Feig began wondering if he too would need to find a backup actor willing to be booted should the silver-screen nymph materialize. It was probably easier to get Harold Ramis to show up, and he's dead. The crew wasn't entirely sure whether or not Murray was officially attached until he manifested on set, blessing the production with his presence. It sounds like a chaotic way to do business, but there's something reassuring in Murray's unique approach to life. He lives and works on his own terms, and no overdressed Hollywood bigwig will ever change that.
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