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In the 1980s, Walkmans and slap bracelets were popular, but comedians like Bill Murray and Chevy Chase were king. And a new book reveals that their lives were just as wild as the movies that they starred in.
For instance, Bill Murray, known for both kind and bizarre acts, once reportedly broke a heckler’s arm.
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“According to people attending a performance of The National Lampoon Show in New York, after folk singer Martin Mull talked loudly throughout, [Bill] Murray attacked him backstage, bellowing, ‘I’LL KILL HIM! I’LL KILL THAT F—–!'” Nick de Semlyen writes in Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the ’80s Changed Hollywood Forever, out Tuesday.
“[Murray] grabbed Mull by the neck and had to be restrained by [John] Belushi. Another night, in Toronto, when the audiences were rowdier, he dragged a drunk heckler out in an alley and pummeled him, breaking the guy’s arm,” de Semlyen continues. “‘[Murray is] fearless and physically strong, so if anybody wants to start a fight with him he’ll go, ‘All right,” says Dave Thomas, who was there. ‘He’s not shy about throwing his fists around.'”
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In Wild and Crazy Guys, de Semlyen explores Murray’s antics, and the lives of other great comedians of the era, including Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, John Belushi, John Candy, and Rick Moranis. The author interviewed many of the stars, as well as people in their inner circles, to give an inside look at the creation of iconic films like Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Beverly Hills Cop. He also delves into the comedians’ very human struggles — many grappled with stardom and got caught up in drugs.
“Most of them would prosper,” de Semlyen writes. “Some would fade away. A few...
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