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Bill Murray addresses mass shootings during Marrakech Film Festival acceptance speech

Published 05/12/2015

Bill Murray
Bill Murray

Bill Murray is saddened some people do not recognise other human beings as "a manifestation of God".

Funnyman Bill Murray got serious at the 15th annual Marrakech Film Festival in Morocco on Friday (04Dec15) as he addressed the mass killings that have grabbed the headlines recently while accepting a lifetime achievement award.

Like most people around the world, the Lost in Translation star was sickened by the terrorist attacks in Paris, France last month (Nov15), and he was left dumbfounded when a pair of killers shot up a disability centre in San Bernardino, California on 2 December (15), and the events appear to have overshadowed his latest accolade.

After receiving a special tribute from filmmaker pal Sofia Coppola at the opening night ceremony for the Marrakech Film Festival, Bill stepped up to the podium and revealed his thoughts on the tragic incidents.

"My heart is heavy because of the events in Paris," he said, according to Variety. "My heart is heavy because of the events in San Bernardino. It’s a strange world right now, a very strange world."

Reciting his speech in both French and English, Bill urged people around the world to start honouring each other.

“Each and every man and woman here on this planet is a manifestation of God and to that end we must all work,” he stated, receiving a round of applause from the festival audience.

Although Bill was visibly moved while delivering his heartfelt speech, the beloved funnyman could not resist cracking a few jokes while onstage quipping, “I usually turn down lifetime homages because it means you’re dying or very sick."

A big fan of Morocco, where he shot Barry Levinson’s movie Rock the Kasbah, Murray admitted he was only at the event because he wanted to further promote the film, which has become one of the biggest flops of the year in America.

Francis Ford Coppola, who is a member of the jury for Marrakech Film Festival, was also in attendance during the opening night ceremony. The legendary filmmaker addressed the audience by sharing the reasons why the event is so special to him.

“My grandmother was born in North Africa and she spoke French English, Italian and Arabic,” he said. “I believe Morocco is a magical land and I look forward to discussing with my friends here and being united in the friendship and creativity which are things that cinema has always encouraged.”

The Marrakech Film Festival takes place from 4-12 December (15) and will feature 93 films from 33 countries.

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