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Film festival honours Bill Murray

Bill Murray was the toast of the Toronto International Film Festival as a day was named in his honour and his new movie received its world premiere.

The Ghostbusters star admitted he was enjoying the fuss made of him as he donned a crown and a sash given to him by a TV crew as he arrived at the red carpet for new comedy St Vincent.

He braved pouring rain and a thunderstorm to greet the screaming fans waiting outside the Princess of Wales Theatre before saying: "It's kind of fun, everyone gets to tease me about it. I have a crown on my head and a pageant sash so I'm dressed for it. I didn't leave the house this way, believe me, but it's nice, I must say."

He added: "I was just out in the rain with the fans which I why I got all wet, I've seen a fair number of the fans and I'm about to see more."

Bill's performance as a cantankerous army veteran is already generating talk of awards nominations but Bill said it is director Theodore Melfi who is most deserving.

"The award buzz is really for the director, he wrote the script and directed it and cast it so he is really the person who should the the most kudos, he did the biggest share of the work. The rest of us showed up and did our best, we got to enjoy working with each other, it's a nice group of cool people and they are all fun and pros, no messing around."

He was joined by co-stars Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts and Chris O'Dowd for the world premiere, and was amused by a rumour spread by Chris that fans would kill him so Bill Murray Day would become permanent.

"That's black Irish, his lips to god's ears. I don't want the day every day but I'm not ready to die, I don't want to die."

Meanwhile co-star Melissa admitted she was a huge fan of her celebrated colleague:

"I think he's dreamy, he's wildly talented and always incredibly interesting. His work speaks for itself, when you have enough great work to warrant your own day and a crown and a sash you've done something right."

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