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5 favorite Bill Murray performances
— "Lost in Translation" (2003): Murray earned an Oscar nomination for best actor for his portrayal of Bob Harris, an aging American actor who has schlepped to Tokyo to shoot a whiskey commercial that will pay him $2 million. He strikes a beautiful balance between lighthearted sarcasm and self-loathing as he forms an undefinable friendship with Scarlett Johansson, playing the bored, young wife of a celebrity photographer. To this day, I can't listen to "More Than This" by Roxy Music without thinking of Murray's delicate karaoke rendition in this lovely Sofia Coppola film.
— "Broken Flowers" (2005): He'd already appeared with deadpan hilarity in perhaps the best segment of Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes." Here, Murray stars for Jarmusch as a middle-aged lothario on a half-hearted quest to visit old lovers in hopes of finding the teenage son he never knew he had. We learn about him — and he learns about himself — through his varied and unpredictable reunions with various ex-girlfriends. It's yet another world-weary performance from Murray, but each incarnation of this persona reveals richness and shadings; his dramatic work in the later years of his career is just as strong in its own way as the wild comedy was in the beginning.
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