Seeing news stories about “Hollywood Celebrities” visiting Cuba and schmoozing with the dictatorship’s elite is nothing new. The elite in Hollywood have a perverse fetish for brutal leftist regimes, among other things. But when I came across this particular story and saw Bill Murray’s name, I was very disappointed.
Not only was Murray one of my all-time favorite actors (and I emphasize was), his appearance in Andy Garcia’s The Lost City gave me the impression that he was not one of your typical Hollywood jackasses that gets butterflies in their stomach every time they see a picture of Fidel or Che. Alas, it appears that Bill is one of those jackasses.
Officially, according to the news story, he and other actors are in Cuba doing “professional research,” but even if we were to give him the benefit of the doubt, was it really necessary to attend an award ceremony celebrating Benicio del Toro’s heroic portrayal of a psychopathic mass murderer?
One has to ask, did Bill bother to read the entire script of the Lost City or did he just read the pages that contained the lines for his character? A more pertinent question, however, would be that after reading the fact based story of the Lost City, having what I am sure of many conversations with Andy Garcia about the story, and then watching the movie, does Bill really give a rat’s behind about the Cuban people and their struggle to rid themselves of the communist yoke of oppression?
From the picture above, it seems he doesn’t. Goodbye, Bill.