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Murray: Garfield was an accident

Bill Murray has revealed that he signed on for the Garfield films by mistake.

The Lost In Translation star admitted he agreed to voice the animated cat in the big-screen adaptation of Jim Davis' comic strips, because he mistook the writer Joel Cohen for being one of the Coen brothers in an Ask Me Anything interview on Reddit.

"I had a hilarious experience with Garfield. I only read a few pages of it, and I kind of wanted to do a cartoon movie, because I had looked at the screenplay and it said Joel Cohen on it," he said.

"I wasn't thinking clearly, but it was spelled Cohen, not Coen. So I didn't really bother to finish the script, I thought, 'He's great, I'll do it'."

Bill is still holding out for the opportunity to work with Joel and Ethan, the sibling filmmakers behind Inside Llewyn Davis, No Country For Old Men and Fargo.

"I love the Coen brothers movies. I think that Joel Coen is a wonderful comedic mind," he said.

The Oscar-nominated actor also revealed that a third Garfield film is unlikely.

"It was sort of like Fantastic Mr Fox without the joy or the fun. The second one (A Tail Of Two Kitties) was beyond rescue, there were too many crazy people involved with it," he admitted.

"And I thought I fixed the movie, but the insane director (Tim Hill) who had formerly done some SpongeBob would leave me... and go to the studio where someone was telling him what it should be, countermanding what I was doing."

The 63-year-old added: "They made a movie after that second miscarriage, that went directly to video. So they sort of shot themselves in the foot, the kidneys, the liver and the pancreas on the second one."

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