Keywords

  • “I honestly believe Bill Murray should receive one more shot.”
  • It was too late to go back at that point, but Murray wasn’t surprised when the film tanked with critics.
  • Martinet is expected to appear in the film in an undisclosed capacity, so he will still be connected in some way.

Chris Pratt will be voicing Garfield

Many Bill Murray fans are disappointed to learn that Chris Pratt will be voicing Garfield in a brand-new animated film. This new film will be animated and will not be tied to the two live-action films in which Murray played Garfield. Murray has made no secret of his dislike for those films, so it’s unlikely he’d want to return to the role, though that hasn’t stopped fans online from wishing for it to happen.

(Dick, 2021)

As one admirer put it, “I honestly believe Bill Murray should receive one more shot.” “The live-action films were only bad due to the writing and direction, but Bill still did a fantastic job as Garfield.”

Another reader says, “Chris Pratt can’t surpass Bill Murray as Garfield imo. The lack of enthusiasm Murray gave to the part was ICONIC.”

And there’s another tweet that says, “No, it’s not true. Nuh-uh. Negative. It’s not looking good. It’s a no. Get Bill Murray back, no matter what you have to pay or promise him.”

Too late to go back

Garfield: The Movie was directed by Peter Hewitt and written by Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow. Bill Murray later revealed in a GQ interview that he only agreed to play Joel Cohen because he mistook it for one of the Coen brothers, Joel Coen, who has a name that is quite similar. Murray claims he didn’t realise something was wrong until after the movie was finished and he began recording his lines. It was too late to go back at that point, but Murray wasn’t surprised when the film tanked with critics (Dick, 2021).

Murray did repeat his part in Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, so perhaps the money made it all better. While it was nonetheless a financial success at the box office, it received a dismal response from reviewers and fans. Both films have become embarrassments in Murray’s career, and he has used them as fodder for jokes on occasion. This includes a sequence in Zombieland in which he expresses his regret about Garfield. Murray took fun at the flicks even further by appearing in a segment for Zombieland: Double Tap as himself, promoting Garfield 3.

Outrage among Nintendo fans

Chris Pratt has also made headlines recently with the announcement that he will voice Mario in a Super Mario Bros. animated film. Similarly, this sparked outrage among Nintendo fans, who believed that longtime Mario voice actor Charles Martinet should be able to play him in the film as well. Martinet is expected to appear in the film in an undisclosed capacity, so he will still be connected in some way. In a video posted to Instagram at the time, Pratt acknowledged his own surprise at the casting.

David Reynolds (Finding Nemo) wrote the screenplay for this new Garfield film, which is directed by Mark Dindal (Chicken Little). Only Chris Pratt has been announced as part of the voice cast thus far. A release date has yet to be determined. Below, you can read what some other fans have to say about the casting news (Dick, 2021).

 

Bibliography

Dick, J. (2021, November 3). Garfield Casting News Has Fans Wanting Bill Murray To Reprise the Role. MOVIEWEB. https://movieweb.com/garfield-casting-bill-murray-chris-pratt/.