Andy MacDowell Remembers "Groundhog Day" and Bill Murray 30 Years Later

Herbie J Pilato
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According to journalist Kevin Polowy and Yahoo! Entertainment, "Life imitated art for Andie Macdowell on the set of Groundhog Day, which was released 30 years ago, on Feb. 12, 1993."

As Polowy continued to report, "Just as her Pittsburgh news producer Rita Hanson eventually falls for the time-looping charms of cynical weatherman Phil Connors while he is stuck reliving the same Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, MacDowell, too, was charmed by her incomparable co-star, Bill Murray."

“I’ll tell you the funny thing about Bill, you don’t know what to expect with him. He is a unique person,” MacDowell told Yahoo! Entertainment during a 2019 Role Recall interview (watch above, with Groundhog Day starting at 3:30). “He is extremely creative. Fresh. Every time he does a scene, it’s fresh, it’s new, he’s adding nuances to it. Off camera, he’s just as weird, maybe weirder. Because he’s just being him.”

As the actress also relayed to Yahoo! Entertainment, "People would come from all over to see him,” she recalls. “And on Friday nights he would say, ‘I’m sorry, folks. I don’t do autographs on Fridays.’ And didn’t matter where they came from. But the funny thing is how he would say it, people accepted it. They weren’t mad at him. Nobody was angry or saying ugly things to him.”

Apparently, there was another instance between Murray and MacDowell when they filming a scene in a car, and he "stepped on the gas and jettisoned them from the set," Polowy relayed.

“He just took off,” MacDowell said. “And I was like, ‘What are you doing? Where are we going, Bill? And he goes, ‘Oh, I just thought we’d go for a ride.’ So we just left [for] about 10, 15 minutes.”

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Herbie J Pilato is the author of several books about pop culture including RETRO ACTIVE TELEVISION, THE 12 BEST SECRETS OF CHRISTMAS, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY, TWITCH UPON A STAR, GLAMOUR, GIDGETS AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, DASHING, DARING AND DEBONAIR, and NBC & ME: MY LIFE AS A PAGE IN A BOOK, among others. He's also a TV writer/producer, and has worked for Reelz, Bravo, E!, TLC, and hosted THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, the hit classic TV talk show (which premiered on Amazon Prime in 2019).

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