Fresh Air producers Ann Marie Baldonado and Lauren Krenzel are back at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend, attending premieres, press screenings, and Q & As to find Fresh Air guests for the coming months.
When someone asked why Bill Murray was cast as the lead in ST. VINCENT Murray said, “Because [the director] couldn’t get Jack Nicholson.”
The role in ST. VINCENT, which premiered at the festival Friday night, does seem to to be tailor made for Murray. Vincent (Murray) is a misanthrope, struggling financially until a single mom (Melissa McCarthy) and her son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) move in next door, giving Vincent a babysitting opportunity.
So, like Rudy the rabbit from MEATBALLS or Max Fisher from RUSHMORE, Murray’s character takes Oliver under his questionable wing. In this answer from the Q & A, Murray is joking about the fact that first time director Theodore Melfi went to Jack Nicholson first with the role. The festival, inspired by the premiere of ST. VINCENT, dubbed Friday “Bill Murray Day” and hosted free screenings of Murray favorites Stripes, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day.