It’s hard to believe that even Hollywood celebrities, mingling in the upper echelons of the industry elite, could get starstruck by anyone at all. But, of course, everyone has their heroes.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone are no strangers to a celebrity confrontation, having parodied the lives of several Hollywood stars in their 2004 film Team America: World Police including the likes of George Clooney, Ethan Hawke, Matt Damon, Samuel L. Jackson and Sean Penn. In fact, Sean Penn despised his depiction in the film so much so that he penned a letter to Parker and Stone explicitly voicing his annoyance.
Concluding his note with an explicit “f*ck you”, Penn’s letter remarks, “I never mind being of service, in satire and silliness,” before stating, “I do mind when anybody who doesn’t have a child, doesn’t have a child at war, or isn’t or won’t be in harm’s way themselves, is encouraging that there’s ‘no shame in not voting’.”
Despite the many people that the South Park and Team America creators have mocked, it appears as though Sean Penn is the only celebrity to have had a major reaction to their depiction. Though, one actor you may never see Parker and Stone pick apart is Bill Murray — the duo’s filmmaking inspiration and comedy hero.
As a friend of the comedy duo, Bill Hader recalls in the Nerdist podcast, “Trey Parker and Matt Stone don’t get starstruck by anybody really, they’re kinda like ‘oh wow, that’s so and so’”. Continuing, the actor explains, “At the first Comedy Central comedy awards, when Trey met Bill Murray, he started crying…he’s like ‘you’re the reason I’m doing what I’m doing, can I get a picture with you’”.
“Bill Murray’s like, ‘I like the show, man, it’s great’ and Trey’s like, ‘you’ve seen the show? We have a show on Broadway right now called Book of Mormon’ and Bill Murray’s like ‘I heard it was good,’” Hader continued. Totally in awe of his Hollywood hero, Parker’s reaction was joined by the explicit surprise of Matt Stone, who as Bill Hader recalls, was like, “‘‘Holy fuck, holy shit, I’m so fucking glad I came here tonight, can I shake your hand, man’, he was the most starstruck that I’ve ever seen Matt. Ever”.
Their reaction joins that of several other celebrities, starstruck by the towering comedy icon that is Bill Murray, such as when Jennifer Lawrence saw the actor and reported thinking, “I can’t even get started, I can’t talk to you” in conversation with W Magazine.
As Bill Hader remarks at the end of the Nerdist podcast clip, “‘yeah he does that to people’”.