Bill Murray said he told Andy Warhol, "I love the soup can," and the artist responded, "You don't belong here"

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Updated October 22, 2015 01:55 PM
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Sure, Bill Murray might be in the comedy pantheon today. But back in the ’70s he was just another dude trying to crash a star-studded bash – and Andy Warhol was not impressed.

Murray, 65, participated in a Reddit AMA chat on Wednesday to promote his latest film, Rock the Kasbah, and got characteristically frank and funny when asked to name the best party he ever crashed – which of course involved the legendary party-loving pop artist.

“We crashed a famous party called the subway party to celebrate the premiere of Tommy,” he said. “It was Gilda Radner, Belushi, Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty, Brian Doyle Murray, and we were all plus 1, probably. It was biggest party ever in NYC at the time. You couldn’t get into this party. It was an inner circle thing. It was at an enclosed subway stop, it was a roar. It was a scream. If you made an airport movie with everyone on the plane is a celebrity, it was like that times 10.

“We felt like we didn’t belong at all. It was so fantastic,” he continued. “I have compassion when people say dumb stuff to me. I said to Andy Warhol ‘I love the soup can’ and he looked at me like ‘You don’t belong here.’ What a time that was.”

But those days are long behind him.

Murray has since earned a reputation for outrageously funny and unexpected behavior both on- and off-screen – including earlier this week when he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! wearing Shakespearean-inspired garb and makeup straight out of Black Swan.

Yet despite his penchant for crashing engagement photos, reading poetry to construction workers and showing up to random birthday parties, Murray said during the chat that he really does miss being a regular guy at times.

When asked to name both the best and worst thing about being Bill Murray, he philosophically said they’re one and the same.

“You wish you could walk down the street and look at things and watch things uninterrupted,” he said. “The shock of being recognized brings you out of this place where you’re just trying to take it in. [It’s] an obligation and you’re reminded you have to show up. It’s a coin with two sides. As much as I don’t like the one side, the other side is what might save me.”

But being Bill Murray certainly has its perks, including the possibility of appearing on some of his favorite reality shows. On his wish list? Flavor of Love.

“The idea that he had some of the most, would I consider maybe not the most desirable women in the world, they were really nutty. I mean really crazy,” he said when asked to name the one reality show he would appear on.

But after a moment he revised his answer – although for surprisingly similar reasons.

“I’d think The Amazing Race. It was like a show I watched in Paris, similar to that,” he explained. “One episode I saw, they had to fight their way to the top of a hotel in Singapore, and answer impossible questions. I used to watch it just to see people completely fall apart. They would try to answer, and it would kill them.”

“But The Amazing Race looks like a lot of fun,” he continued. “You get to go to a bunch of places. It calls on all your skills. I tell people, ‘if you want to get married, travel around the world first. Cause then you get to know people better.’ Its a test of wills to travel.”