Bill Murray blasts the Oscars

Bill MurrayBill Murray, 64, admits he ”had been infected” by Oscar fever in 2004 when he convinced himself that he was going to win the Best Actor trophy for Lost in Translation before losing out to Sean Penn, and now believes winning can ruin acting careers. Asked if he plans to campaign for his new Harvey Weinstein-produced movie, St. Vincent, ahead of next year’s ceremony, the actor told Variety magazine: ”I’ve never done that. I know that’s something Harvey does — he forces you to do these things. I’m not that way. If you want an award so much, it’s like a virus. It’s an illness.” But Bill also believes Oscars put too much pressure on the winners. He said: ”People have this post-Oscar blowback. They starting thinking, ‘I can’t do a movie unless it’s Oscar-worthy.’ It just seems people have difficulty making the right choices after that.”

However, Bill insists fame hasn’t changed him. He said: ”I was kind of formed early on. People go, ‘Oh you act like that because you’re a big shot.’ No, I always acted like a jerk. I came from a big family.” He doesn’t have a manager or an agent, and only recently got a smart phone so he can communicate with his six sons, Homer, Luke, Cal, Jackson, Lincoln and Cooper, ages 13 to 32. He said: ”I got it to communicate with my sons, because they will not answer a phone call, but they will answer a text.”

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