Bill Murray Was a Lot More Involved in Garfield 2 Than You Thought

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Bill Murray speaks onstage at the First Annual Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on March 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images) Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/2011 Getty Images

Bill Murray likes to say that he only made Garfield because he mistakenly thought the Coen brothers were involved, and he famously listed his involvement in the movie as his biggest regret in Zombieland, but one co-star claims Murray was secretly gung-ho about the sequel, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties. "Oddly enough, even against what he said in Zombieland, he was very involved in the script in number two," says Breckin Meyer, who played Jon Arbuckle in both films. "I did not know what reason he had, but he really wanted to be involved in number two." In fact, Murray even showed up on set for the sequel, which he hadn't done previously. "So I met him on the set, he came up and said, 'I'm Garfield,'" recalls Meyer. "And I'm intimidated. It's scary. Bill Murray's a genius. There I am suddenly talking, this story about Arbuckle and Garfield and stuff. 'Aren't we just doing the comics? Don't you just like lasagna? Are we done?'" [AV Club]