As we all know, Bill Murray can appear anywhere, at any moment, with no warning at all. He might pop up at a karaoke bar, at a bachelor party, or even in someone’s engagement photos. And some times, he even shows up in movie trailers.
Murray makes such an appearance in the first look at St. Vincent, a new comedy also starring Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd and Naomi Watts. In it, Murray plays Vincent, a drunken, gambling retiree who gets recruited by his new single-mom neighbor (McCarthy) to watch over her undersized 12-year-old son Oliver (newcomer Jaeden Lieberher). Vincent’s ideas of after-school activities involve racetracks and strip clubs, but eventually the mismatched pair begins to help each other grow up.
The role of Vincent looks to be a throwback to the sort of bad-boy roles that made Murray a comedy icon in the 1980s — and a departure from some of the more understated roles he’s done lately in films for directors like Wes Anderson and Jim Jarmusch. But the movie also has a hint of the unlikely mentoring relationship from Murray’s acclaimed turn in 1998’s Rushmore.
St. Vincent is the feature debut for writer/director Theodore Melfi, and opens nationwide on Oct. 24.
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