Bill Murray hired an assistant who ‘was profoundly deaf and spoke only in sign language’ to make communication as difficult as possible between him, the director and the studio during the filming of ‘Groundhog Day’

‘Groundhog Day’: My favorite Bill Murray story

In 2010, I wrote a story about Bill Murray that examined his unique status with the current crop of moviemakers and his unusual method of managing his career — no publicist, no agent, just a 1-800 number. In the course of reporting the story, I interviewed several filmmakers and costars who had memorable tales to tell, from his star-making days at Saturday Night Live to hit films like Zombieland and low-budget indies like Get Low. By far, my favorite anecdote was one from Harold Ramis, who collaborated with Murray on six successful films, the last of which was 1993’s Groundhog Day. During that production, Murray’s first marriage was dissolving and the star was, by many accounts, occasionally cranky. “I learned to step back,” said Ramis. “Yo… Continue Reading