Bill Murray - The Song Of The Lark

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Congratulations first of all on a fantastic film. I think obviously one of the questions that the film really does ask is what the world would be like without art and creativity in it. And I'm curious - this is a question for all of the panel, but perhaps starting with Bill - what you imagine your life would have been like had you not discovered art and creativity, and if there's a specific moment in your lives you can pinpoint where art really has mattered to you, and made a difference for you.

Well I think it would, it would be back when I started acting in Chicago. I wasn't very good. And I remember my first experience on the stage - I was so bad. I just walked out, out on the street, and headed.. and started walking. And I walked for a couple of hours. And I realized I'd walked the wrong direction, not just the wrong direction in terms of where I live, but the wrong direction in terms of a desire to stay alive. And so I - maybe, this may be a little bit not completely true, but it's pretty true - that I walked... I then thought, "Well, if I'm gonna died where I am, I may as well just go over towards the lake and maybe I'll float for a while after I'm dead." So I walked over towards the lake and as I got there I realized I'd hit Michigan Avenue. And I thought, "Well Michigan Avenue that runs north too," and so I started walking north. And I ended up in front of the Art Institute of Chicago. And I just walked inside. And I didn't feel like I had any place being there. And they, they used to ask you for a donation, you know, when you walked into a museum, and I didn't, I just walked right through it because I was ready to die. And - pretty much dead - and I walked in. And there's a painting there. And I don't even know who painted it, but it's, I think it's called The, I think it's called The, The Song Of The Lark. And it's a, it's a woman working in a field. And there's a sunrise behind her. And I've always loved this painting. And I saw it that day. And I just thought, "Well look, there's a girl who doesn't have a whole lot of prospects, but the sun's coming up anyway and she's got a another chance at it." So I think that gave me some sort of feeling that I, I too am a person and get another chance every day the sun comes up.
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Congratulations first of all on a fantastic film. I think obviously one of the questions that the film really does ask is what the world would be like without art and creativity in it. And I'm curious - this is a question for all of the panel, but perhaps starting with Bill - what you imagine your life would have been like had you not discovered art and creativity, and if there's a specific moment in your lives you can pinpoint where art really has mattered to you, and made a difference for you.

Well I think it would, it would be back when I started acting in Chicago. I wasn't very good. And I remember my first experience on the stage - I was so bad. I just walked out, out on the street, and headed.. and started walking. And I walked for a couple of hours. And I realized I'd walked the wrong direction, not just the wrong direction in terms of where I live, but the wrong direction in terms of a desire to stay alive. And so I - maybe, this may be a little bit not completely true, but it's pretty true - that I walked... I then thought, "Well, if I'm gonna died where I am, I may as well just go over towards the lake and maybe I'll float for a while after I'm dead." So I walked over towards the lake and as I got there I realized I'd hit Michigan Avenue. And I thought, "Well Michigan Avenue that runs north too," and so I started walking north. And I ended up in front of the Art Institute of Chicago. And I just walked inside. And I didn't feel like I had any place being there. And they, they used to ask you for a donation, you know, when you walked into a museum, and I didn't, I just walked right through it because I was ready to die. And - pretty much dead - and I walked in. And there's a painting there. And I don't even know who painted it, but it's, I think it's called The, I think it's called The, The Song Of The Lark. And it's a, it's a woman working in a field. And there's a sunrise behind her. And I've always loved this painting. And I saw it that day. And I just thought, "Well look, there's a girl who doesn't have a whole lot of prospects, but the sun's coming up anyway and she's got a another chance at it." So I think that gave me some sort of feeling that I, I too am a person and get another chance every day the sun comes up.
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