A long-circulating October 2015 Facebook post for the “92.1 CITI” page featured an image of actor Bill Murray alongside his purported advice on what to do when you think you find “the one”:
Text under a photograph of a typically nonplussed Murray reads:
Actor Bill Murray’s advice on relationships: “If you have someone that you think is The One, don’t just say,’OK, let’s pick a date. Let’s get married.’ Take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if, when you come back, you’re still in love with that person, get married at the airport.” H
In the scope of urban folklore, Bill Murray is prominent among celebrities of his caliber because of the comedian’s recurring role in amusing stories. The most prominent of those is likely the “no one will ever believe you” iteration, where a shocked everyman (or everywoman) unexpectedly encounters Murray. After Murray engages in a surprising action, but before he walks off, he tells the surprised person that “no one will ever believe” the encounter occurred:
“No one will ever believe you.” Six simple words. And yet there’s an entire corner of the Internet dedicated to the phrase — well, as uttered by the legendary Bill Murray, anyway.
From crashing weddings to participating in city-wide party hopping, Murray has a habit of showing up in random places, and then disappearing as if he was never there to begin with. The only thing he leaves behind is a tale to be told to skeptical friends, whom, as the actor often suggests, have a difficult time believing their buddy’s story.
“No one will ever believe you” made an appearance in Murray’s January 2014 Reddit AMA (“Ask Me Anything“), and several variations of the tale exist on a site devoted to Murray anecdotes. Murray has been similarly been rumored to hand out cash to fellow hotel guests (“you look hungry”) and apparently tended bar at 2010’s SXSW and crashed a kickball game in 2012.
Murray is also apparently a seasoned wedding crasher. According to BBC and Deadspin, the advice purportedly proffered by Murray about “the one” occurred after the actor came across a bachelor party in 2014. In October of that year, a YouTube user purporting to be the groom uploaded a clip of Murray making the comments seen in the Facebook post.
Murray begins by asking the groomsmen what they think, and if they agree “thumbs up on her,” “her” being the groom’s intended wife.
You know how funerals are not for the dead, they’re for the living? [applause] … bachelor parties … they’re not for the groom, they’re for the [unintelligible, cheers] … okay? so now here listen here, I’m gonna give you all this … advice … because it’s too late for this [unintelligible]. Besides … she’s 100 percent … I recommend to you …
… if you found someone that you think is the one, don’t do … don’t just start a thing in your ordinary mind and you think let’s let’s make a date … let’s let’s plan a party … take that person and travel ’round the world, buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of and if when you come back to JFK when you land in JFK and you’re still in love with that person? Get married at the airport [applause, cheers].
Although many stories about the actor remained unverified, Bill Murray’s advice about “when you think you found the one” exists in video form. It appeared to have taken place at a bachelor party in 2014, and Murray’s remarks are viewable in the video linked here.