BAM beats drums for Murray

School, Coppola fete 'Lost' leading man

A fervent crowd gave a straight-faced Bill Murray a standing ovation upon his entrance to the stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Tuesday night.

Sofia Coppola and Murray popped in to introduce “Lost in Translation,” which screened simultaneously with “Quick Change,” “Ghostbusters” and “Nothing Lasts Forever” during the opening night for BAM’s largest film retrospective to date.

“This was my personal tribute to Bill Murray and his acting style,” said Coppola. “I wanted to do a romantic movie, and I thought that if he was the leading man it wouldn’t be too cheesy,” she said.

During the Q&A post-unspooling, the comedian joked that he knew he was an actor when he read the “Meatballs” script and “realized I was better than the material.”

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