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Bill Murray and Quick Change


Scrooged: Meeting Bill Murray
Michael Chapman Film-maker
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Scrooged was one of these examples where I took over a movie, where the director was having trouble with the cameraman, and he had... now what's his bloody name? Does it say who the director is? Oh, it should.

[Q] Unfortunately, it doesn't.

Of Scrooged?

[Q] No.

Okay. All right, it doesn't matter. Anyway, he been... it was a big guy connected with Warner Bros. and he'd been the producer of [The] Lost Boys and had been very good to me and very helpful, and he was having trouble with the cameraman, and I took it over. You know, for a very nice pay cheque. But what was interesting about it was... other than the movie which was a perfectly okay movie, was that I met Bill Murray, who was the star, and... and really connected with Billy, and did, altogether – I can't remember – three, four, or five movies, with Billy in one connection or another. Ghostbusters 2 and Quick Change, and some others; they'll come to me. But it's one of those examples of just accidentally meeting somebody and having it work out. And Billy and I really hit it off well. Billy is an extraordinary... a) extraordinary character, and b) a great, great talent. Not just as a comedian, but as an actor, you know. Well, you've seen that Japanese movie, and, before that... Lost in Translation, and before that there was a movie... there was a modern-dress version of Hamlet that was made three or four years ago... four or five years ago, in which he plays Polonius, and he is the best Polonius you ever saw.

Michael Chapman (1935-2020), an American cinematographer, had a huge influence on contemporary film-making, working on an impressive array of classic films including 'Taxi Driver', 'Raging Bull', 'The Lost Boys' and 'The Fugitive'.

Listeners: Glen Ade Brown

British Director of Photography and Camera Operator Glen Ade Brown settled in Los Angeles 10 years ago.

He has been working on features, commercials and reality TV. He played an instrumental role in the award-winning ABC Family series "Switched" and is also a recipient of the Telly and the Cine Golden Eagle awards for Best Cinematography. He was recently signed by the Judy Marks Agency and is now listed in her commercial roster.

Tags: Scrooged, Ghostbusters 2, Quick Change, Lost in Translation, Hamlet, Bill Murray

Duration: 1 minute, 44 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2004

Date story went live: 29 September 2010