Bill Murray Showers 'Green Book' Stars With Tequila
Earlier in the night, Murray, who praised the film, presented the award for best motion picture, comedy or musical to the story about the real-life friendship between Italian-American driver-turned-actor Tony "Lip" Vallelonga and Dr. Don Shirley, the African-American musician he drove through the deep South on a concert tour in 1962.
Bill Murray showered the cast and crew of Green Book with praise, and tequila, after Sunday night's Golden Globes.
After the ceremony, where Murray presented the trophy for best motion picture, comedy or musical to the Peter Farrelly-directed film, he joined the stars at The Hollywood Reporter and Twitter's official live aftershow.
"I'm embarrassed to say I didn't go to this film on opening weekend, where you get 90 percent of the take if you're the home team. I saw it on a screener because I was desperate.... And I went, 'Oh, my God.' From the very beginning, the very first frames were so beautiful. I thought, 'What the hell? Is this Peter doing this?' Every frame was so beautiful. The photography was so beautiful. The set design was so beautiful...the writing was so great and so succinct," Murray said of the film, noting that he particularly loved Green Book actress Linda Cardellini's question of whether someone can be a doctor of piano playing. "I thought, 'Oh, we're going places with this movie.' And then it just kept coming. It really did keep coming. The writing never let me down, never let you down. It kept you elevated all the time. You talk about the word 'hope' and you keep hoping that it's not going to let you down, and it doesn't let you down."
Murray then tapped the chalice he was holding against the foreheads of stars Cardellini, Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, dropping some of the tequila inside on their heads. The castmembers then dumped out some of his tequila before Murray urged them not to waste it.
Green Book is based on the real-life friendship between Italian-American driver-turned-actor Tony "Lip" Vallelonga and Dr. Don Shirley, the African-American musician he drove through the deep South on a concert tour in 1962.
During his acceptance speech for best motion picture, comedy or musical, Farrelly said that the story gave him "hope, and I wanted to share that hope with you, because we're still living in divided times, maybe more so than ever."
Ali opened up about Murray's antics during a Tuesday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "So, Bill was toasting us and I don’t drink," said Ali. "Bill toasted his glass on Viggo’s head…. and toasted on my head, and vodka spills all over my face and is running down and into my eyes and in my mouth!"
Ali noted that that he ended up "doing the whole interview with an eye closed" because of it. He added, "It felt like hot acid just rolling down my face. But, hey, it’s Bill Murray, so…"
Watch the full video of Murray's aftershow shenanigans with the Green Book team above.
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 12:54 p.m. Updated with Ali's quotes to Ellen DeGeneres.