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Bill Murray 'Disappointed' at 'Garfield'

July 20, 2010, 5:03 am GMT

The actor agreed to lend his voice to the animation because he thought Joel Coen wrote the script before realizing that another person, Joel Cohen, was the real scribe.

Bill Murray

Funnyman Bill Murray regrets lending his voice to animated film "Garfield" to work with his idol, comedy writer Joel Coen - because he realized too late the part was written by a different Joel Cohen. The actor admits he jumped at the chance to play the fat cat in the 2004 live-action film, loosely based on the Jim Davis comic strip "Garfield" - when he thought one half of the Oscar-winning Coen brothers filmmaking duo was attached to the script.

But he didn't realize until it was too late that another writer with a similar name had actually worked on the screenplay - and it wasn't funny. Murray tells America's GQ magazine, "I thought it would be kind of fun, because doing a voice is challenging, and I'd never done that. Plus, I looked at the script, and it said, 'So-and-so and Joel Cohen.' And I thought: 'Christ, well, I love those Coens!' They're funny. So I sorta read a few pages of it and thought, 'Yeah, I'd like to do that'."

"Finally I went out to L.A. to record my lines... and the lines got worse and worse. And I said, 'Okay, you better show me the whole rest of the movie, so we can see what we're dealing with.' So I sat down and watched the whole thing, and I kept saying, 'Who the hell cut this this thing? Who did this? What the f**k was Coen thinking? And then they explained it to me: it wasn't written by Joel Coen."

Joel and his brother Ethan Coen are famed for their critically-acclaimed movies "Burn After Reading", "No Country For Old Men" and "A Serious Man".

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