Bill Murray: "My Heart Is Heavy" After Paris, San Bernardino Attacks
"Each and every man and woman here on the planet is a manifestation of God and to that end we must all work," the actor said while accepting a career honor in Marrakech.
An emotional Bill Murray spoke out on Friday night about the victims of the recent attacks in France and the United States.
“It’s a strange world right now, a very strange world. It was always a very difficult world, a very challenging world,” said the actor, who accepted a career honor at Morocco's Marrakech International Film Festival.
Murray added to the audience: "My heart is heavy because of the events in Paris, my heart is heavy because of the events in San Bernardino, my heart is heavy because there is a lack of relation between us all."
He filmed Rock the Kasbah in the Moroccan capital a year and a half ago and left with a love of the country, he said.
“This film was a challenging film to make, a film that says that we must work to have a relation with each other," Murray said. "We are all here, we all came from God, every one of us is a manifestation, each and every man and woman here on the planet is a manifestation of God and to that end we must all work.”
In his speech, the actor lightened the mood, briefly, discussing his love for Morocco.
“I only came here because it was here,” he said.
“I always feel when someone says they are getting a lifetime achievement award they are probably dying or very sick,” he joked. He made the same joke in French, adding “I’m very very strong, I’m fabulous.”
"I’ll go further to say that I’m here because I love this country and I love these people and I love the best part of me ― which is when I love other people. I hope that you will share with me that wish to do our very best to live under that grace of love," the actor continued.
After taking photos flanked by Sofia Coppola, who introduced Murray, and Francis Ford Coppola, who is president of this year’s jury, Murray introduced Kasbah with writer Mitch Glazer.
He had started the speech in halting French, thanking Sofia “and her papa,” as well as the great actors and directors he has worked with – “especially this petite fille here.”
Glazer called the film a “love letter to Morocco,” where the film was shot. “The film is about what makes us one and celebrates what we have in common with Bill Murray as our guide.”
Murray closed, telling the audience: “Thank you and may god bless you all the days of your lives.”