Bill Murray’s ‘Lost In Translation’ Mid-Life Crisis V. Real Life Mid-Life Crisis

August 29th marks the 10th anniversary of the premiere of writer/director Sofia Coppola's landmark film, Lost in Translation. The film follows the story of American actor Bob Harris (Bill Murray) who, in the midst of a mid-life crisis, becomes smitten with Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), a young married woman he meets while doing business in Tokyo.

In what could be a case of life imitating art, Murray has garnered a fair bit of attention in recent years for bizarre antics off-screen -- antics which seem to suggest that the actor is ACTUALLY experiencing a sort of "mid-life crisis"...but not in any conventional sense of the phrase.

Consider this article from the NY Post, which details a Halloween night in New York which Murray spent "party-hopping" with the rock band MGMT.  Murray allegedly ended up at a loft party in East Williamsburg, drinking, dancing, and talking about sweet potato casserole with college age hipsters.

The article also cites an incident a few weeks prior to Halloween, alleging that Murray joined a table of three pretty twenty-something girls at the Half-King pub in West Chelsea. Murray reportedly bought two bottles of champagne for the table, and wiled away a few hours with the girls, making light conversation.

Or, consider this article from Ranker, which details several pieces of Bill Murray lore, such as an evening Murray spent singing Karaoke with strange hipsters in New York City, or a night that he spent with his friends from the Wu-Tang Clan. Murray reportedly showed up to the Shangri-La club in Austin Texas during the SXSW festival alongside a few old chums (i.e., the Wu-Tang Clan.)

At one point in the evening, Murray allegedly took to bartending, and refused to serve anything but tequila.

In another notable outing, Murray stopped by the Poet's House library in Manhattan while it was under read poetry to the construction workers!

But the story which takes the proverbial cake is one which uncannily mimics the scenario from Lost In Translation. As Ranker relays the story, Murray was in St. Andrews, Stockholm, for a golf tournament. He decided to have a night out on the town, and met two young Swedish women at a bar who invited him along to a house party.

Guests were astonished to see the two girls arrive with Murray, but the best part of the story, is that when one of the guests expressed concern that there weren't enough clean glasses for everyone to drink from, Murray took to washing the dishes himself!

After drinking vodka out of a coffee mug, and washing all of the dishes that had piled up throughout the course of the evening, Murray reportedly left and returned to his hotel.

Mid-life crisis? The real question seems to be how much of a crisis this really is. It seems that in the years since his divorce to Jennifer Butler in 2008, the 62-year-old Murray seems to have made an earnest effort to enjoy life to the fullest, and thankfully, he has done all of this in the age of social media, where photographs and videos and blogs and tweets have immortalized his zany adventures.


Elizabeth Eckhart is an entertainment blogger for who writes primarily about film, television, and celebrity gossip. Sofia Coppola is a favorite director of Elizabeth's, and she counts Fog City Mavericks (2007) among her favorite documentaries.
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