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The comedic gifts of Bill Murray were the highlight both onscreen and off at the American Cinematheque’s preview screening of Sofia Coppola‘s sophomore pic “Lost in Translation” at the Egyptian Theater Monday night.

Thesp put in a surprise appearance during the postscreening Q&A with Coppola, and the soft-spoken director deferred to her loquacious leading man during most of the session.

Murray riffed on the myriad challenges of filming on location in Japan, including four weeks of jet lag during

a six-week shoot (“And just when we got over it, we switched to shooting nights”) and a crew that spoke little

to no English. He summed it up by saying, “You don’t know how truly miserable you can be until you get there,” with typically droll delivery.