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Watch Bill Murray Bowl Everyone Over in an Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes ‘Kingpin’ Clip

Adam Pockross
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Everyone has their favorite Bill Murray character, whether it’s Carl, the zen-murmuring groundskeeper of Caddyshack,or Bob Harris, the Tokyo-touring sad-sack of Lost in Translation. But one of the more overlooked moments from his IMDB is Murray’s turn as a sleazy pro-bowler in the Farrelly brothers’ 1996 comedy Kingpin. As Ernie “Big Ern” McCracken, Murray plays up his character’s ingrained obnoxiousness, showing up for matches sporting a cocky attitude, a cowboy getup, and the king of all comb-overs. But until now, we didn’t realize that Murray went full Method for his performance.

As you can see in our exclusive clip — taken from the forthcoming Kingpin Blu-ray, out Oct. 14 — when called upon to roll three strikes in front of a crowd of 1,000 extras, Murray stepped right up and gave a performance that would have made Dick Weber proud. While filming the final matchup between Big Ern and Roy Munson (Woody Harrelson), Murray didn’t waste any time giving the Farrellys exactly what they were looking for. Though the directors figured it would take a number of attempts to get the three strikes the script called for, Murray seized the moment, and threw a legit “Turkey” — a bowling term used when a player lands three strikes in a row. So add that to the ever-growing Murray legend.

You’d think Murray must have rolled quite a few rocks to show such skill on the lanes. But if you believe his interview above, Murray didn’t practice at all. It’s yet another accomplishment in his long career of Cinderella stories

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See Big Ern’s final strike below: