In recent years, Bill Murray seems just as likely to pop up in the background of an engagement photo shoot, bachelor party, or wedding as he is to appear on the big screen. In fact, a kind of folklore has sprung up around Murray's habit of crashing total strangers' events, to the point where not one but two documentaries have been made about magical experiences involving the actor. In a preview of an upcoming interview on Sunday Today With Willie Geist shared by People, Murray discusses the "mythology" surrounding him and explains why he can't stop, won't stop crashing weddings. (It doesn't hurt that, nowadays, he gets "a lot" of wedding invitations.)
"I don't know what to make of it. There's no plan there," Murray told Geist in the interview, which airs Sunday, April 15, on NBC. "It feels kinda nice, you know, people like you or whatever, but it's just, there's no plan." He added, "Because this exists now, I can't go like, 'OK well, gee, I've gotta work on my mythology stuff this afternoon,' you know, you can't, like, 'Oh Jesus, what am I doing about my myth? Hon, what am I doing about the myth today?' It's not like that, you know."
The 67-year-old was happy to explain to Geist why he decided to step into the engagement photos for a South Carolina couple back in 2014. At the time, the photographer shared a photo of the trio on Facebook, and told HuffPost that Murray stumbled upon the photoshoot and attempted to make the couple laugh over the photographer's shoulder by pulling up his shirt and patting his belly, before they convinced him to pose for a pic with them.
"Well, that kind of a thing is like, you just look and you go, oh my god, there's two people that are in love, really in love," Murray told Geist. "And there’s a difference. There's people that are getting married and there's people who are in love. Those people were in love. And it's extraordinary just to get in the space of them." As much as he loves being around love, however, Murray said he's careful not to steal too much of the attention when he's gate-crashing. "It's fun to drop in like that, but you don't want to change the event," he said. "You don't want it to be about you. It's just sort of fun to jump on those things every once in a while."