No matter how married life turns out for E.J. Rumpke, he’ll always remember his bachelor party – thanks to Bill Murray.
The beloved comic actor made an unscheduled appearance at Rumpke’s sendoff from single life last weekend in Charleston, S.C., according to Deadspin’s The Concourse, which published a note describing the incident from E.J.’s friend Stephen, who was at the party.
As it happens, Murray was in the same steakhouse at the same time, so he simply took it upon himself to deliver some unrehearsed life advice to the groom-to-be and his gobsmacked friends.
In a video posted to YouTube, the 63-year-old actor calmly tells the group, “You know how funerals are not for the dead, they’re for the living? Bachelor parties are not for the groom, they’re for the uncommitted.”
Murray, who for reasons unknown is wearing a fishing vest in the clip, then launches into an extended but engaging story on how each of the men will know when they’ve found the right life partner.
“If you have someone that you think is 'the one,' don't just sort of think in your ordinary mind, 'Okay, let's pick a date. Let's plan this and make a party and get married’,” suggests the star of Caddyshack, Groundhog Day and other classic comedy films.
The Murray method: “Take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world, and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if when you come back to JFK, when you land in JFK, and you're still in love with that person, get married at the airport.”
Even though it’s not particularly great advice, it still sounds sage and worldly when coming from Murray.
E.J.’s friend Stephen told Deadspin that the members of the bachelor party were originally rebuffed when they approached Murray earlier in the evening.
“We talked to the waiter to see if we could send him some drinks, to which Bill declined,” said Stephen. “One of my buddies then went down and asked if he’d come up and say a few words for E.J. and got a ‘No thanks.’ My buddy comes back up dejected and tells us it’s not going to happen.”
But the real movie stars always know how to make an entrance.
“Two minutes later, Bill [expletive] Murray walks up and gives this speech!”
And that’s how a real Ghostbuster rolls, people.