Improvisation, or ad-libbing, is a device that has been used since the dawn of cinema. Contemporary comedic talents like Paul Rudd, Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell, and more, have used the mechanism to great effect. But — except for maybe Robin Williams — has anyone conveyed such a knack for brilliantly going off-script than Murray? It’s a tough argument, and I’m sure everyone has their favorites, but I’m sticking with Bill F-ing Murray.
Ghostbusters is a film that perfectly illustrates Murray’s use of improvisation. Almost ALL of his lines in the original film were ad-libbed, which is quite a feat considering the sharpness of his delivery. With the special anniversary Blu-ray hitting tomorrow, here’s a dose of the best of Bill Murray’s ad-libs from Ghostbusters…
“Nobody steps on a church in my town!”
A well-leveled threat against a giant marshmallow monster.
“Let’s show this prehistoric b*tch how we do things downtown.”
“It’s Millah time,” makes me laugh every time, but I’d say just about all of his dialogue from that scene is hilarious.
“Human sacrifice. Dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria.”
Not so sure about that second one.
“Why worry? Each one of us is carrying an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back.”
The Dr. Venkman Positivity Podcast would be better than 2/3 of the new age crap on iTunes.
“Yes, it’s true. This man has no d*ck.”
Classic follow-up: “Well, that’s what I heard!”