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Bill Murray: Meanness isn’t acting

Bill Murray thinks he gets offered grumpy roles because he's cranky in real life.

The veteran star is known for his witty and sarcastic roles, playing everything from aging actor Bob Harris in Lost in Translation to himself in Zombieland. While he is aware of his reputation for being a wisecracking, cynical performer, he thinks it's just as hard to put on an emotional performance.

"I can't buy these actors who say being mean is acting. I can curse you out, I can hit you, I can give you a look that says, 'You're dead,'" he quipped to Empire magazine. "But show me a look that says, 'I love you, I like what you're becoming'? That's a little more difficult..."

His latest role is the title character in St. Vincent, in which his character befriends a young boy who moves in next door to him. It's a coming-of-age drama which has been praised by critics and fans alike and sees Bill on top form, receiving a standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival.

"Is it because I'm a grumpy guy that I get grumpy offers? Probably," he grinned.

While he may put on a serious front on most occasions Bill does sometimes show a spark of emotion. He even welled up during a screening of his latest movie, but was quick to shrug it off before people noticed.

"Oh my God, I'm starting to get tears in my eyes. I'm thinking if the lights come up and I'm crying, that's really bad," he explained to Rolling Stone. "That's a really bad moment that I will become infamous for. I'd rather start stabbing myself in the stomach with a pen than cry. I really had to pull it together."

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