Bill Murray recalls his dark times. The former Ghostbusters star had bad thoughts that his life was over following a Chicago stage debut because he was just so bad. The also What About Bob? star believed he was going to die after his first stage appearance. The sixty three year old tries to forget it as it didn’t go as planned. He was just horrified about how he performed putting himself in a dangerous situation.
“I wasn’t very good and I remember my first experience on a stage. I was so bad I just walked out of the theatre. I 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 lived but the wrong direction in terms of a desire to stay alive,” he told Cover Media. “And this may be a little bit – not completely true, but it’s pretty true – I walked and then I thought, ‘Well if I’m gonna die 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.’”
Bill soon realized he was actually near the well-known and major road Michigan Avenue. He decided to continue his journey and ended up at the iconic museum the Art Institute of Chicago. Although it didn’t start well, the actor cites this experience as one of the most important in his life as it showed him the importance of art.
“I just walked inside and I didn’t feel like I had any place being in there – they used to ask you for a donation, y’know, when you go into a museum and I just walked right through because I was ready to die and I walked in and there’s a painting there and I don’t even know who painted it – I think it’s called The Song of the Lark – and it’s a woman working in a field and there’s a sunrise behind her and I’ve always loved this painting,” he recalled. “I saw it that day and I just thought, ‘There’s a girl who doesn’t have a whole lot of prospects but the sun’s coming up anyway and she’s got another chance.’ I think that gave me some sort of feeling that I too would have a reversal… and you get another chance every day.”
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