On Friday, word hit The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision Blog that Bill Murray was joining the little love fest of Megan Fox and Mickey Rourke in Passion Play. No, he wouldn't add an additional May-December element to the story of a "winged beauty" who forms a bond with a "down-on-his-luck jazz trumpet player." Instead, Murray will play the villain -- a gangster named Happy who wants to keep the two apart.

Thinking of this gig brought to mind the last two films I saw him in -- Get Low and The Limits of Control -- and ultimately led me to the question: What sort of careers would Murray's comedy co-stars have if they'd taken a cue from ol' Bill? For Murray, nothing really has changed over the years -- the actor has always used his humor to grace both large and small productions, mainstream and quirk fare. This is the man who followed up Meatballs with a turn as Hunter S. Thompson in Where the Buffalo Roam ... Who intermingled big comedy like Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day with The Razor's Edge and Ed Wood, before finding Wes Anderson with Rushmore and balancing a few high-profile roles with Anderson and Jarmusch gigs, plus gems like Lost in Translation.
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