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Bill Murray reveals how Jim Jarmusch convinced him to join zombie film ‘Dead Don’t Die’

Bill Murray has addressed the Cannes Festival 2019 press conference and he was his usual, impressive form following the world premiere of Jim Jarmusch film Dead Don’t Die.

The film, which is a feature moment of the Cannes Festival, will receive a wide release on June 14th in what is Jarmusch’s first full length feature film since 2016’s Paterson. In what is an all-star cast, Murray is joined by the likes of Adam Driver and Chloe Sevigny in the lead roles. On top of that, Murray features alongside Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Selena Gomez, Tilda Swinton and Steve Buscemi. 

As the press room began to fill up for the Dead Don’t Die discussion, Murray opened up with a deadpan expression by simply stating: “I find Cannes frightening,” which suitably set the tone.

After detailing his thirst for work and his desire to keep busy, Murray was then asked to explain what it was that Jarmusch did in order to convince him to star in Dead Don’t Die, to which he replied: “Jim just throws a lot of money at you. He’s jus complete B.S. He just throws a lot of money at you. And gifts. Lots and lots of presents.

“For days and days things just start arriving at your door and it’s like, ‘Oh, god. Jarmusch wants me to work for him.’ You can tell who it is by the way he operates. He’s a manipulator,” he added amid spits of laughter.

Taking a more serious line, Murray added: “I don’t know how the hell I got this job. I was just excited. The script was funny. He lives in black and white in a kind of funny way. It’s about shadows with him. It’s day for night. Lots of day for night for him. He comes to you in the daytime but dressed as darkness.”

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