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Bill MurrayActors aren't perfect. Sometimes they make a mistake and end up in terrible movies. Sometimes they're the reason for terrible movies. However, if you look through the CV of Bill Murray, master of deadpan and one of the greatest comic actors of all time, you will notice that not only does he choose his movie roles judiciously, but from Caddyshack to Zombieland he's starred in a long run of classic movies. There is however one exception: Garfield.

Why, fans have been asking for years, did Murray sign up to be the voice of a cat. Does he, like the tubby puss, have a thing for lasagna?

Finally, the mystery of why he was in such a deeply unfunny movie has been revealed. In an excellent interview for GQ, Murray reveals it was a case of mistaken identity. He did the movie because he confused Garfield writer Joel Cohen with Coen brother, Joel Coen, and assumed he'd be making the Barton Fink of animatronic children's movies.

Read Bill Murray's hilarious explanation after the jump... Bill MurrayActors aren't perfect. Sometimes they make a mistake and end up in terrible movies. Sometimes they're the reason for terrible movies. However, if you look through the CV of Bill Murray, master of deadpan and one of the greatest comic actors of all time, you will notice that not only does he choose his movie roles judiciously, but from Caddyshack to Zombieland he's starred in a long run of classic movies. There is however one exception: Garfield.

Why, fans have been asking for years, did Murray sign up to be the voice of a cat. Does he, like the tubby puss, have a thing for lasagna?

Finally, the mystery of why he was in such a deeply unfunny movie has been revealed. In an excellent interview for GQ, Murray reveals it was a case of mistaken identity. He did the movie because he confused Garfield writer Joel Cohen with Coen brother, Joel Coen, and assumed he'd be making the Barton Fink of animatronic children's movies.

Below is his full, and extraordinarily frank, explanation of his Garfield faux paw (sorry) To read the whole interview go here:

Okay. Well, how about Garfield? Can you explain that to me? Did you just do it for the dough?
No! I didn't make that for the dough! Well, not completely. 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 Coen." 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. I had these agents at the time, and I said, "What do they give you to do one of these things?" And they said, "Oh, they give you $50,000." So I said, "Okay, well, I don't even leave the fuckin' driveway for that kind of money."

And it's not like you're helping out an indie director by playing Garfield.
Exactly. He's in 3,000 newspapers every day; he's not hurtin'. Then this studio guy calls me up out of nowhere, and I had a nice conversation with him. No bullshit, no schmooze, none of that stuff. We just talked for a long time about the movie. And my agents called on Monday and said, "Well, they came back with another offer, and it was nowhere near $50,000." And I said, "That's more befitting of the work I expect to do!" So they went off and shot the movie, and I forgot all about it. Finally, I went out to L.A. to record my lines. And usually when you're looping a movie, if it takes two days, that's a lot. I don't know if I should even tell this story, because it's kind of mean. [beat] What the hell? It's interesting. So I worked all day and kept going, "That's the line? Well, I can't say that." And you sit there and go, What can I say that will make this funny? And make it make sense? And I worked. I was exhausted, soaked with sweat, 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 thing? Who did this? What the fuck was Coen thinking?" And then they explained it to me: It wasn't written by that Joel Coen.

And the pieces fall into place.
[shakes head sadly] At least they had what's-her-name. The mind reader, pretty girl, really curvy girl, body's one in a million? What's her name? Help me. You know who I mean.

Jennifer Love Hewitt?
Right! At least they had her in good-looking clothes. Best thing about the movie. But that's all ugly. That's inappropriate. That's just... [laughs] That's why, when they say, "Any regrets?" at the end of Zombieland, I say, "Well, maybe Garfield."