This Was the Bizarre Wedding Present Bill Murray Was Supposed to Receive (If He'd Actually Gotten Married)

Bill Murray- 67th annual Directors Guild of America Awards -Getty-H 2016
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Writer Roy Blount Jr. tells THR how sports has forged his 40-year friendship with the actor, set to be feted with the Mark Twain Prize Oct. 23 in Washington, and why he bought Murray a warthog head.

I first met Bill at the 1976 Super Bowl in Miami. He had been on Howard Cosell's [variety] show that didn't last long and wasn't famous yet. We've been to football games, baseball games … well, a little bit of everything.

He's a great noticer of detail, a mystical figure, and you never know when he's going to pop up behind you. He was going to get married at one point, and I was supposed to be in the wedding. I bought this warthog head at this store in Atlanta and was ready to bring it as his present, but then he called off the wedding. I don't know what happened. I still have that warthog head. Maybe I'll bring it to the Mark Twain ceremony. 

This story first appeared in the Nov. 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.