Bill Murray Addresses Mass Shootings During Marrakech Film Festival Acceptance Speech
Funnyman Bill Murray got serious while accepting a lifetime achievement award at the 15th annual Marrakech Film Festival in Morocco on Friday as he addressed the mass killings that have grabbed headlines recently.
Like most people around the world, the Lost in Translation star was sickened by the terrorist attacks in Paris, France, last month, and he was left dumbfounded when a pair of killers shot up a disability center in San Bernardino, California on December 2, and the events appear to have overshadowed his latest accolade.
After receiving a special tribute from filmmaker pal Sofia Coppola at the opening night ceremony for the Marrakech Film Festival, Murray stepped up to the podium and revealed his thoughts on the tragic incidents.
“My heart is heavy because of the events in Paris,” he said, according to Variety. “My heart is heavy because of the events in San Bernardino. It’s a strange world right now, a very strange world.”
Reciting his speech in both French and English, Murray urged people around the world to start honoring each other.
“Each and every man and woman here on this planet is a manifestation of God and to that end we must all work,” he stated, receiving a round of applause from the festival audience.
Although Murray was visibly moved while delivering his heartfelt speech, the beloved funnyman could not resist cracking a few jokes while onstage quipping, “I usually turn down lifetime homages because it means you’re dying or very sick.”
A big fan of Morocco, where he shot Barry Levinson’s movie Rock the Kasbah, Murray admitted he was only at the event because he wanted to further promote the film, which has become one of the biggest flops of the year in America.
Francis Ford Coppola, who is a member of the jury for Marrakech Film Festival, was also in attendance during the opening night ceremony. The legendary filmmaker addressed the audience by sharing the reasons why the event is so special to him.
“My grandmother was born in North Africa and she spoke French, English, Italian and Arabic,” he said. “I believe Morocco is a magical land and I look forward to discussing with my friends here and being united in the friendship and creativity which are things that cinema has always encouraged.”
The Marrakech Film Festival takes place from December 4-12 and will feature 93 films from 33 countries.