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Moriarty’s One Thing I Love Today! Meeting Harold Ramis!

Published at: April 4, 2008, 6:21 p.m. CST

Hey, everyone. “Moriarty” here. I owe you guys two of these today, thanks to some unexpected travel yesterday. Since that was the cause of the delay, let me explain why I missed posting anything yesterday, and why I was so damn happy to do so. All films fans have their particular fetishes or interests or likes and dislikes, and the process of coming to those beliefs is a lifelong one, an evolution that begins as soon as we’re old enough to process whatever it is that we’re watching. As I was first immersing myself in the world of film, it was just as the first cast of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE was starting to make its presence felt in films. I remember seeing FOUL PLAY theatrically and wondering where Chevy Chase came from, since my mother already seemed to be a fan. That led me to SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, which was on the list of banned comedy in my house that also included MAD magazine, Monty Python, and NATIONAL LAMPOON. All of those things automatically became more interesting as soon as they were forbidden, and I found myself drawn to this Second City generation of writers, actors, and directors. Harold Ramis cuts as large a figure in that movement as anyone else, and it’s hard to argue his place in the film comedy firmament. When your first film as a director is CADDYSHACK, it’s safe to say that you’ve made your mark. When you add in the screenplay for ANIMAL HOUSE, MEATBALLS, and STRIPES, as well as his work on SCTV, there are few people in film comedy who have ever had such a strong start. By the time he directed VACATION in 1983, I was a full-blown freak for his work, and VACATION was one of those movies I saw the way only a 13 year old can see a film: several thousand times in the space of a few months. I find I can still quote that movie almost in its entirety, and I haven’t seen it in at least a decade. None of that compared, though, to the reaction I had to GHOSTBUSTERS when it arrived in the summer of 1984. By that point, I was already horror-crazy as well as comedy-mad, and to find a film that mixed the two with such aplomb... it felt like someone out there was making films specifically for me. Sure, the film went on to become a pop-culture phenomenon that year, but it couldn’t have been an easy sell. It feels like the kind of film that could have only been made after a string of hits. Sure, Ramis has had some years in the commercial wilderness. But I still say STUART SAVES HIS FAMILY is underappreciated. It’s a really ugly portrait of family life that never goes for the easy laughs, and it digs deeper than you’d expect from a film spun off from a sketch on SNL. GROUNDHOG DAY is a modern classic, as great a commercial comedy as BACK TO THE FUTURE, and it’s a film that people seem to love more with each passing year. THE ICE HARVEST was a solid, dark adaptation of a solid, dark novel, and if more than 40 people had seen it, it might be better-loved. And no matter what you think of ANALYZE THIS or ANALYZE THAT or the misbegotten remake of BEDAZZLED, Ramis remains a towering figure in film comedy. Even when he just shows up for a few scenes in a film, he can steal the whole thing a la ORANGE COUNTY. All of this is preamble to explain why I leapt at the chance to fly to New Mexico for about 24 hours, just so I could watch Ramis at work on his new film, THE YEAR ONE. I’ll write more about the film itself later, and about what I saw while I was on-set. All I want to talk about today is the actual experience of meeting Ramis face-to-face for the first time. So often, when you meet someone you respect, someone whose work has been so influential for you, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. Time and again over the last 17 years, since I first moved to Los Angeles, I have had my impressions of people shattered by my personal encounters with them. I think Albert Brooks is a towering film comic, one of the best comedians to ever write and direct his own material, but every single personal impression I have of him is awful. Doesn’t change my respect for his work at all, but it is a reminder that the art and the artist are often very different. I remember a chance meeting with Barry Levinson that was so skin-crawlingly awful that it took me a few years before I could watch his movies again. In some ways, the impersonal robot thing that so many people use when meeting people in town is worse. I’ve been introduced to Steven Spielberg at least a half-dozen times at this point, and I’m absolutely sure he has no recall of any of them. It’s not his fault... he’s just gotten very good at protecting himself and keeping people from reaching in to get any piece of him during casual encounters. And don’t get me wrong... when I visit a filmmaker on their set, I’m operating under no illusions. I’m not there to become their new best friend. I’m there to write about my impressions of how the set works, of the chemistry I observe between the people making the film. I’m absolutely on the outside of that, and that’s fine. Yesterday, though, my expectations were more than exceeded by the simple, friendly welcome I received from Ramis when I arrived at the day’s location. He talked to me a bit about meeting Harry in Austin, and about his first encounter with Ain’t It Cool (an early script review for ANALYZE THIS) back in 1997 or so. He didn’t go overboard or anything, and I didn’t feel like he’d been coached. He just seemed like he had the same relationship a lot of filmmakers do with the site... there are times he’s enjoyed being mentioned, and times he hasn’t, and he’s smart enough to know that both will happen over time. As the day wore on, I tried to stay out of his way. He had a number of other visitors, personal guests who he was obviously busy with, and since I was only on-set for six hours or so, I wanted to watch as much of his process as I could. Still, late in the afternoon, he ended up walking over as they were re-lighting the set, and he started chatting, obviously in the mood to talk a little. I couldn’t help myself, and I finally let out all the geek energy I’d been building all day. “You know, I have you to blame and/or thank for my very first job when I was fourteen.” He looked worried by this until I explained that CADDYSHACK had made that job look so good that I had gone out and become a caddy at a local course in Tennessee. “Good. I’m just glad it wasn’t STRIPES.” He told me that Army enlistment actually skyrocketed after STRIPES was released because of guys seeing the movie and thinking it looked like fun. Ramis looked equal parts guilty and amused at the thought of a generation of guys realizing that they all couldn’t be Bill Murray. This led to us talking about the way ANIMAL HOUSE almost single-handedly revitalized the Greek system on college campuses across America. “At first, I think the fraternities were happy, but then when they realized that everyone wanted the Animal House experience, it turned out to not be such a good thing.” A rise in binge drinking, date rapes, and academic failure... what a legacy. I realized that Ramis had given me the opening to talk about his whole career, and that’s exactly what we did. We had that conversation you always hope you’re going to have when you’re talking to someone who has been involved in almost 30 years worth of classics, where we managed to drift from memories of Doug Kenney to the way the CADDYSHACK script was altered while they were shooting to the new GHOSTBUSTERS game that’s coming out this year to Rick Moranis and his country music career. And as we were talking, all that intimidation I almost always try to hide while talking to people I admire just dropped away. He stopped being HAROLD RAMIS COMEDY LEGEND and just became Harold Ramis, filmmaker, and that’s not an easy jump to make. I may interact with more filmmakers than the average film fan, but I still come to this as a fan first. I am in Los Angeles and working because of the films and the filmmakers who influenced me. I am who I am because of what I have watched. And in some cases, because of what I have rewatched again and again. And to finally be able to talk to him about the Chevy Chase/Bill Murray scene in CADDYSHACK and how hard it was to wrangle the two of them into a room together, or to be able to hear him talk about his original dream casting for ANIMAL HOUSE, or to be able to just talk about MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN with him and why it is the one truly great Biblical comedy (if you don’t count De Mille films) was uncommonly enjoyable. Here’s a guy who could easily have been courteous but distant, and I never would have said a bad word about it, but he went way above and beyond. He didn’t put on an act, either... he was just approachable and normal, able to talk about his past without acting like it was a chore, but also obviously able to look at his body of work with real perspective and a clear eye for why it worked. I’m hoping I’ll actually get a chance to do a formal interview with Ramis for the site once the publicity machine for THE YEAR ONE kicks into high gear sometime next year. For now, I’m just pleased that I can include Ramis on the list of people who actually exceeded my expectations. He’s a class act, and that was obvious not only from my own talk with him, but from the way everyone on that set talked about him. The last two days may have been hellacious for travel, but in the end, it was completely worth the headache. Thanks to Sony and to Kym and Andrew for making the trip happen, and to Harold Ramis for being a decent, normal, approachable human being. It’s sad that those characteristics make you the exception rather than the rule in this town, but it’s nice to know that the size of someone’s ego does not have to be dictated by the size of their influence on the industry.






Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • April 4, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Ramis is cool

    by Stevie Grant

  • April 4, 2008, 6:25 p.m. CST

    by Stevie Grant

    sorta

  • April 4, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    You haven't watched Vacation for a decade?

    by John-Locke

    I can pretty much quote the whole film too but it doesn't stop me from ever going a couple of years between viewings, one of my all time favourite Comedies, it never feels old.

  • April 4, 2008, 6:34 p.m. CST

    harold push yourself away from the table

    by Jugdish

    you are going Akroyd on us

  • April 4, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Glad to hear all the things you talked about...

    by Logo Lou

    Wish we could hear some of that. Reminds me of the time I had this awesome, in depth coversation with Kubrick just before he died... of course, like Mori I won't mention any details of it... that would actually be interesting. I mean who wants to knows that right?

  • April 4, 2008, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Multiplicity

    by TattooedBillionaire

    I'd say that's a pretty underrated comedy right there. It's not great, but I still like watching it from time-to-time. Ramis is awesome.

  • April 4, 2008, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Logo Lou...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... considering it was a casual conversation, I wasn't recording it. That's why I'm hoping I can do a formal interview with him further down the road and ask him about all of that on the record. He's a great storyteller, and a shitty paraphrase of what he said wouldn't really do him justice.

  • April 4, 2008, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Really enjoy his work...

    by mrfan

    whether he is acting, writing, or directing in something.

  • April 4, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    It must be...

    by tomdolan04

    a strange experience indeed to meet someone like that. 'Never meet your idols' is what they say and whilst a cliche it as rings true. I'm genuinely glad he seemed authentic and took interest Drew <p> Ultimately Ramis is just another guy at the end of the day, it's some of his work that elevates him. Despite it being the nature of his industry it's still crazy to think some things he did decades ago still generate such positive/negative feedback. Imagine if some came up to you in the street and say 'Hey, that day of work you had back in the 90's? Man that blew my mind/sucked'. Look forward to hearing your experiences on set, although to be honest prior to this piece the concept and details that have seeped through of Year One haven't been overly impressive. <p> On an unrelated note, I hope Ghostbusters is NEVER remade. Sure the concept is a great one but it's the actors and performers that elevated it to classic status. You just can't recapture that intentionally.

  • April 4, 2008, 7:04 p.m. CST

    TomBodet

    by Stevie Grant

    Thanks for Bronson stories, that was the coolest posting I've seen in a long time.

  • April 4, 2008, 7:06 p.m. CST

    The thing about Ghostbusters...

    by hank henshaw

    They go from total losers to saving the world from certain "apocalypse by hand of giant marshmallow demigod". How can you top Stay-Puft? You can't, and that's one of the reasons the sequel is less of a movie. I'd love to see some ghostbusting on the big screen again, sadly I don't think it can be done right. A remake will probably have an Escalade or a H2 as the new Ecto-1.

  • April 4, 2008, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Can you give the jist of the Chevy/Bill scene story?

    by BitterMan23

    I've always been pretty interested about that... even moreso after Chevy's biography came out and Bill hung up on the biographer after telling her that writing a book about Chevy was the dumbest idea ever.

  • April 4, 2008, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Great stuff

    by krish-0

    Great article Moriarty. You must love your job. That's awesome. And thank you TomBodet for some great stories. Regarding Ghostbusters: I've never really been all that opposed to remakes and the like. A reimagining can be a good thing. That being said, I think maybe my views are due to the fact that I've never been faced with a remake of a film that was such a big part of my childhood. I hope they never re-make Ghostbusters.

  • April 4, 2008, 7:22 p.m. CST

    GROUNDHOG DAY is one of the 3 best movies ever...

    by JackIsLost

    Period. No question about it. It is staggeringly subtle, brilliant and (most importantly) funny without sacrificing its sweetness and sweet without sacrificing its comedy. It is both sublime and sobering, insightful and boisterous, thought-provoking and delightful. It is a film to treasure.

  • April 4, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Ghostbusters could only be done now as a...

    by performingmonkey

    Pixar Incredibles-like movie. I would LOVE to see a 3D animated Ghostbusters. Of course, Pixar would be the right ones to do it because they know that story and comedy come first and foremost, they know how to expertly weave them into a CG movie. And think what they could do with the ghosts in a CG movie. Live action is a definite no no unless it features the original cast. It's probably too late for that now though.

  • April 4, 2008, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Ghostbusters IS being remade... by Bollywood

    by Logo Lou

    No lie.

  • April 4, 2008, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Great piece, Mori. You should...

    by Rando Calrisian

    Mori, You should talk Ramis into doing something like the Stalone questions for the site. Ramis would be a fantastic guy to have answer some fan questions like that. The guy has been involved with some truly great films. Looking forward to The Year One report. And GB video game! Thats going to kick asss.

  • April 4, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Sheet... son of beech!

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    "We'll split it!" I was young when Stripes came out, but damned if I was going to enlist because of that movie!

  • April 4, 2008, 7:44 p.m. CST

    test

    by cookylamoo

    test

  • April 4, 2008, 8 p.m. CST

    TomBodet

    by mrfan

    My respect for you continues to grow everyday. I keep praying that a movie with robots will be made just for you. Great Bronson stories.

  • April 4, 2008, 8:45 p.m. CST

    by Philo

    Come on guys, Bronsons finest role had to be the Polish tunnel digger in The Great Escape. Ramis is/was a comedy god too.

  • April 4, 2008, 9:19 p.m. CST

    You didnt ask him about the GHOSTBUSTERS game coming out?!

    by Mike_D

    FOR SHAME!

  • April 4, 2008, 10:22 p.m. CST

    MikeD...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... I did. He's going to record his voice for the game in about three weeks, as soon as they wrap on THE YEAR ONE. He sounds genuinely pleased to be doing it again, too.

  • April 4, 2008, 10:24 p.m. CST

    They already "Sweded" Ghostbusters in Be Kind, Rewind

    by Osmosis Jones

    The movie as a whole was a little too soft, but that scene had me rolling. And it's a shame that Ramis only had like 45 seconds of screentime in Knocked Up.

  • April 4, 2008, 10:32 p.m. CST

    What happened to Moranis?

    by Agent Blue

    I've recently fallen in love with Strange Brew. This guy is underrated. Where is he now?

  • April 4, 2008, 10:40 p.m. CST

    TomBodet

    by BGDAWES

    I always thought you were one of the funniest talk backers here but you were really swinging for the fences with those Bronson stories. <br> <br> Pulls out a Massive wad of singles, and starts tossing them at her one at a time almost like some guy dealing cards at poker. No joke. I don't think he carried anything larger than a five in that roll from what she told us. <br> <br> That really struck me funny for some reason. You're like the damn Charlie Murphy of the talkbacks (and I mean that as a compliment)!

  • April 4, 2008, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah, and Mori...

    by BGDAWES

    Outstanding article as usual. I've only had the pleasure of meeting a limited number of celebrities but I can completely understand how elating it is to meet someone famous and find that they aren't a complete dick. <br> <br> The last 'famous' person I met was Chuck Palahniuk. I obviously like his novels and tried to play it cool by saying, "Your work is great man, you really crack me up Chuck". He replied very sarcastically, "Oh thanks a lot (BGDAWES) I bet you just said that so you could work in a way to call me 'Upchuck'. I feel like I'm in the fifth grade again." <br> <br> At any rate, I completely understand what you mean about how cool it is to meet someone you respect that is also famous and find that they are 'normal' as well.

  • April 4, 2008, 11:57 p.m. CST

    wasnt ghostbusters 3

    by Prossor

    supposed to be that ghoastbusters 1: the game for PS3 or some shit like that?

  • April 5, 2008, 1:23 a.m. CST

    once again Mori...

    by Seph_J

    for some strange reason I lay awake at night, unable to sleep. Your PS3 issues are a thorn in my mind. Please tell me its all sorted out....<p> that might sound sarcastic, but its really not.

  • April 5, 2008, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Groundhog Day is great

    by kwisatzhaderach

    But nowhere near as good as Back to the Future.

  • April 5, 2008, 4:54 a.m. CST

    Ramis and Bill did have a major falling out and no longer speak

    by Greenflame0

    I enjoyed the article Drew. Apparently Ramis and Bill Murray did unfortunately have a major falling out and aren't on speaking terms (from what a keen Bill fan mentioned to me once) and if Drew does get to do a proper interview with Mr. Ramis (that'd be longer than 15 minutes) when his new film gets released, it'd be great if he could ask him about this (if Ramis didn't mind discussing it), as it's a shame they can't patch things up. It was over the excellent Groundhog Day film, which they got into many fights over. Bill apparently wanted to explore the GD film's philosophy more, while Ramis felt it needed to be puffy and simple enough for the masses. So what came out, was a poorly made (still very good) romantic comedy that just happened to have one of the most incredible premises of it's decade and also one of the greatest performances by Bill. Bill reckoned (and he was probably right) if he had got more creative freedom on the film, it might have been one of the greatest movies of all time, instead of a merely enjoyable one.

  • April 5, 2008, 5:20 a.m. CST

    Just say the words 'Ghostbusters' and 'Groundhog Day' to yoursel

    by BiggusDickus

    ...and if you're not getting a warm, fuzzy feeling round about now, then there's something wrong with you...

  • April 5, 2008, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Greenflame0...

    by BiggusDickus

    Agree 100 per cent. Wonderful film, but could've been legendary.

  • April 5, 2008, 5:26 a.m. CST

    Ackroyd...

    by BiggusDickus

    One final point and I'm outta here - does anyone else feel that Ackroyd ought to have a 'Grocer' movie in the canon somewhere? 'Grosse Point Blank' was a sublime film and I for one could easily do another couple of hours of Dan-as-psycho-hitman. What say?

  • April 5, 2008, 7:28 a.m. CST

    I met Ramis once.

    by Knuckleduster

    The guy was such a fuckin jerk. I approached him politely and simply asked for an autograph, but he spat in my face and started slapping me around while his bodyguards held me down and pissed all over my shoes. Afterwards, they all laughed at me and called my girlfriend a slut while Ramis molested her and made me watch... Some elements of this story might be fabricated.

  • April 5, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Knuckleduster...

    by BiggusDickus

    I had exactly the same experience when I met Kate Bush. What is it with these 'celebrities'?

  • April 5, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Groundhog Day Would Have Been Much Better

    by kevinwillis.net

    With long philosophical debates, ala Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions. If only the Wachowskis could have done Groundhog Day!<br><br>Nah, I think Groundhog day ended up pretty good just the way it was.

  • April 5, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Phil Connors was in the time loop for 10,000 years

    by The Decider

    according to the original script. They decided to make it ambiguous in the movie. That movie probably made more of an impact on me than any other I've seen, despite the obviously tacked-on romantic comedy concessions it makes.

  • April 5, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST

    The great thing about the ending to GROUNDHOG DAY...

    by JackIsLost

    is that it tempers its sentimental whimsy and brings it back down to reality. I absolutely the final moments of that film--"Let's live here!" The music starts and its gooey romantic comedy and then Phil undercuts it with the perfect line: "We'll rent to start." Yes, you were just released from a time-loop prison and suddenly see the joy that can be had in life but come on, don't go crazy...

  • April 5, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST

    That was a shitty paraphrase about the Ghostbusters game Mori

    by Logo Lou

    I'm surprised. Actual information.

  • April 5, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Just so I know Mor..... How does Ramis smell?

    by Buckys_Kick_Ass_Arm

    Does he smell good?... nice healthy smell? or did it kind of break up the atmosphere for you a little bit -- something you kind of couldn't ignore but did your best not to make a face about it or sidle away from it. Just curious

  • April 5, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Sorry

    by DonnieDorko

    Sorry that this is entirely off topic but could someone tell me the title of the movie with the "outdoors guitar-player" that plays mostly covers during the day and eventually meets up with the piano-playing girl? It's kinda recent and highpraised. I would appreciate it immensly!!

  • April 5, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    DonnieDorko

    by vadakinX

    I think the film you might be thinking about is "Once" <p> It's a small Irish film that won the Oscar for best Song this year.

  • April 5, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    "ZISKEY RATES THE RUSSIANS:THEY'RE PUSSIES!"

    by Tacom

    It's a shame they fought over GROUNDHOG'S DAY because the result was perfect in my opinion. It's a classic. The philosophical stuff was deep without being too heavy.

  • April 5, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST

    vadakinX

    by DonnieDorko

    Thanks alot! It was exactly the film I was thinking about. Thanks again and sorry for the off-topic...ness.

  • April 5, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Stuart Saves His Family & Multiplicity...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...are criminally underrated, in my opinion. His work is so bizarre for American comedy sometimes that I'm amazed so many people gravitate toward it.

  • April 5, 2008, 11:53 a.m. CST

    And SNL, MP and MAD magazine banned in house?

    by Lenny Nero

    Really, Mori? That's some sad thing for a child to hear, in a sense. Me? I'm just confused as to what would be wrong with any of them, but then again, we have very different backgrounds. My mom showed my family Monty Python & The Meaning of Life when I was eight.

  • April 5, 2008, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Met him.

    by thebearovingian

    Meh.

  • April 5, 2008, 1:49 p.m. CST

    I'll go first...

    by tmifune78

    I work on the Sony lot in Culver City and just a few stories: just last week Tommy Lee Jones almost ran me down in a golf cart and then told me to get out of the way for my trouble - Jean Reno inexplicably hates short white guys - Adam Sandler is 42 and still drives a Cadillac golf cart around the lot - Ali Larter inexplicably likes short white guys. Granted, none of my run-ins are quite on the same level per se but it's all I got to barter with...Okay your turn: what the hell happened with Barry Levinson and Albert Brooks?

  • April 5, 2008, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Groundhog Day is one of the greatest films ever made.

    by The Gospel According to Bastardface

    It was even inducted into the national film vault to be reserved as a historical worthy film. To me GD is the best comedy I have ever seen, and any criticism leveled at it is ill-thought. You cannot top the film, it is virtually flawless.

  • April 5, 2008, 1:58 p.m. CST

    *preserved, not reserved

    by The Gospel According to Bastardface

    Not like anyone cares about my typo, but still.

  • April 5, 2008, 3:11 p.m. CST

    They ARE doing a GHOSTBUSTERS 3, but its a video game.

    by Mike_D

    Its coming out fall this year. http://www.ghostbustersgame.com

  • April 5, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Mike_D...

    by BiggusDickus

    F***ing hell! No idea this was happening. Cheers for the heads-up! This looks the absolute biz!

  • April 5, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    NED RYERSON?!?!!

    by BiggusDickus

    Sorry, just needed to say that...

  • April 5, 2008, 5:40 p.m. CST

    by MightyOs

    LOL Remeber When Mory Was Interesting? Man, you're chatting to one if the greats. You finish your article with stoies about how YOU chatted with HIM about Animal House and Ghostbusters. But we get nothing. Well done, Mory. You're mates with the greats and we ALL SHOW ABOUT IT.

  • April 5, 2008, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Ramis is a legend

    by TwoTonLeither

  • April 5, 2008, 6:31 p.m. CST

    In most ways

    by TwoTonLeither

  • April 5, 2008, 6:32 p.m. CST

    GD and GB?

    by TwoTonLeither

    Christ

  • April 5, 2008, 9:22 p.m. CST

    The Genius ....

    by tonybeazley

    Ramis is one of my all time favorites...what can he NOT do...just incredible... I also wanted to be a caddy and still do...lol and I'm in also from Tennesse too...

  • April 6, 2008, 12:25 a.m. CST

    you got some of harolds pube hair on your cheek

    by logicalnoise01

    nah just joking. Harold is somehow respected by even my casual movie going friends. Like I mentioned "the year one" to my friends who I only see a few movies a year with and they asked who's in it. "Jack black, jonah hill, uh harold ramis" "Spengler! we have to see that" I mean teh guy has scores fo fans all ove rthe age spectrum. and bedazzled is a fun and still funny film. I just wish they had included the metal wish for the US cut.

  • April 6, 2008, 2:16 a.m. CST

    "Sean, sean! You and I are the same height!

    by Lenny Nero

    That is NEAT!"

  • April 6, 2008, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Great article, Mori. But why did Ramis cameo in KNOCKED UP?

    by BadWaldosRevenge

    That movie was damned awful and woefully unfunny. What was Mr. Ramis thinking? He should disavow association with the hack comedy writer-director Judd Apatow (who co-wrote the woefully unfunny & uberlame Ben Stiller Show). Groundhod Day is still a cult classic after all these years. Hope Ramis returns for GHOSTBUSTERS 3...maybe zapping ghouls in a wheelchair.

  • April 6, 2008, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Viva La Spangler!!! Ramis Am Legend...

    by Ambush_Bug

    What a career. The quality of his acting, writing, and directing far exceeds any missteps he may have taken. Most people I know don't even realize how much of a hand he's had in some of the greatest American comedy films ever made. Ramis really eclipses the likes of John Hughes and other greats.

  • April 6, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Barry Levinson?

    by Wed Vid Guy

    Wow he must have been a real dick. Please share your story with the class. You can't leave it off where you did.

  • April 6, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST

    I met Ramis once

    by ImMorganFreeman

    I was on an elevator. He was talking to someone, but stops mid sentence and looks at me. He says "You remind me of a young Lawrence Kasdan." I thanked him. It was cool. And damn you Lenny Nero, I was totally going to say that line. Favorite line in the flick.

  • April 6, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    levinson used to direct porn

    by logicalnoise01

    no wonder he was a cock.

  • April 6, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST

    IF SOMEONE ASKS YOU....

    by lucky slevin

    if your a God you say YES!

  • April 6, 2008, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Let's see what happens

    by Campion

    when we take away the puppy. Ramis is responsible for like half of my top 20 favorite movies ever.

  • April 7, 2008, 9:54 a.m. CST

    SK229

    by logicalnoise01

    Muarray jst seems sort of reclusive thats all. I mean he only does stuff he wants to do. Hell he's done shit for webisode guys just because he thought they were funny. One of the college humor guys who went on to do stuff for funny or die got to do a whole sketch where he and some factcheck guy break into muarrays house to verify if he likes some kind of sandwich. I doubt bill is a mean guy just sort of hard to get to. anyways more love to harold keep it up guy.