Hollywood heavyweights in Austin for SXSW Film Festival



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Posted on March 17, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 10 at 4:18 PM

 Several Hollywood legends who are used to being show stoppers brought car and foot traffic to a halt as they emerged from their chauffeur driven sedans Wednesday evening in front of the Paramount Theater on Congress Avenue.

"All my friends were like, 'Oh my God, Bill Murray! Bill Murray!'" exclaimed Koda Turner, an Austinite showing friends from Ft. Worth around the town.

Actors Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Robert Duvall were at the Paramount for the showing of a movie they're in together called "Get Low."

The film is based on the true story of Felix Bush, a Tennessee hermit who in the 1930s planned his own funeral because he wanted to attend it while he was still alive.

Robert Duvall plays the role of Bush, Spacek the role of an old girlfriend and Bill Murray plays the part of the funeral director.

"The writing was so good you just go with it like when I did Lonesome Dove way back. Tthe writing is so good, you just go with it,", said Duvall.

"Bill Murray is a trip-and-a half.  I thought he was wonderful. I mean just going to the mall with him was fun so acting with him is really incredible, and Robert Duval is beyond brilliant," added Spacek.

Bill Murray, known for his comedic roles, says playing the serious part of the funeral director wasn't much of a stretch.

"You know (it's) a guy looking a little desperate in terms of money. I've been desperate in terms of money.  I grew up that way, so I've seen other people's money and had to control myself.," said Murray.

The SXSW Music Festival started Wednesday so that means anyone without a badge now has a better chance of getting into one of the many film venues to see movies.

"It's a lot easier to go ahead and wait for a single ticket admission which is $10, 15-minutes before the film opens if there are still seats inside," said Rebecca Feferman with SXSW.

For more information on which films are showing where and when, click here: http://sxsw.com/film/screenings/films


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