Murray himself was on hand to take part in events, including a special question-and-answer session for fans.
“I like to feel that every day is Bill Murray day. At least for a second every day,” the star told BBC News. He was at the festival to promote his latest film, ST VINCENT, in which he plays a cantankerous war veteran who finds himself having to look after his neighbour’s 12-year-old son.
When asked about the possibility of an all female Ghostbusters reboot, “I’m fine with it,” Murray said. “I would go to that movie, and they’d probably have better outfits, too.”
The Star reports: “He’s not involved in the project, and the sequel-averse comic actor has long resisted the idea of making a third chapter of the original 1980s franchise that teamed him with Dan Aykroyd, the late Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson as New York City spook chasers.
Yet he’s got ideas when asked which women he’d like to don the Ghostbusters jumpsuits and proton packs. One of his preferred candidates is Melissa McCarthy, his co-star in St. Vincent, the dramedy that had its world premiere at TIFF on the weekend.
“Melissa would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny — God, she’s funny! I like this girl Linda Cardellini (Mad Men) a lot. And Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there.”
Page Six relayed a great Murray anecdote: “He recalled that the night before the festival, he got into a taxi in Oakland and ended up driving the cab driver around… the driver mentioned he was a saxophone player.
“I said, ‘When do you practice?’ He said, ‘I drive 14 hours a day.’ ” Murray then asked him, “Well, where’s your sax?” The driver replied, “In the trunk.” Murray told the cabbie, “Pull over and get in the back, I know how to drive a car.’ ”
“Not only did he play all the way to Sausalito, which is a long way, we stopped and got barbecue. He [wound up] playing in what some would call a sketchy, weird place in Oakland at 2:15 in the morning. I was like, ‘Relax, man, you’ve got the [bleeping] horn! We’re cool!’ And it was great and it made for a beautiful night!”
Fans dressed up in costumes of Murray characters in honour of the star, according to BBC News. The actor picked out a baby in the crowd, who was dressed as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters, saying: “That is one good-looking baby.”
Murray told fans at the Q&A he was honoured to be recognised at the festival for his life’s work.
“The only reason I’ve had the career I’ve had is someone told me some secrets early on about living – the more relaxed you are the better you are,” he said.