Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Horror Movie Darwin Awards #12: Bill Murray in Zombieland

One of the tried and true rules of comedy is that practical jokes equal funny. When a practical joke blows up in someone’s face, hilarity ensues. In this case, the joke blows up in their face literally. Bill Murray’s cameo in Zombieland was one of the most unexpected and side splitting in recent history. It was also one of the dumbest moves a character has made in recent history, but it grew out of a good idea. Bill had dressed up as a zombie, and was using his considerable acting skills to fool the zombies into thinking that he was one of them. Hell, it worked in Sean of the Dead until Ed answered his cell phone (a moment that fell just short of the list due to the fact that the stupidity was intentional for comedic effect.) When Columbus, Wichita, Little Rock, and Tallahassee stumble upon his mansion, they encounter Bill in fake zombie form. First it gets him hit with a golf club by Wichita. He then decides to try the trick on Columbus, the jumpiest member of the group. I do believe after a few days of fighting your way through the zombie infested wasteland anyone would be jumpy. Pretending to be a zombie while sneaking up on a frazzled, on edge kid who has been killing zombies for a while and scaring the living crap out of him seems like a good idea, right? Of course! That’s pure comedy gold! What if the kid has a shotgun though? All of a sudden that’s a really bad idea there Bill. Tallahassee, why are you egging him on? Apparently no one considered the consequences of this particular prank. So Bill, how did that work out for you?

Looks like you got punked instead. While that particular ill-advised prank didn’t turn out very well, it did allow for one of the best lines in a movie chock full of great lines…

Little Rock: “So, do you have any regrets?”

Bill Murray: “Garfield maybe.”

Congratulations Bill, you are today’s winner by virtue of your performance being just a little too convincing this time. Way to go dumbass!

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