Why Bill Murray was supposed to be (but wasn't) in Iron Man

When one thinks of failed casting bids, the idea of having comedy icon Bill Murray in Marvel's Iron Man may seem like an odd (but potentially awesome) fit—but apparently it very easily could've happened. All Murray had to do was check his voicemail.

It came out in a recently published Esquire interview with Murray that Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) was keen to get Murray cast in Iron Man. But with Murray keeping himself off the radar professionally, no one could manage to track him down to pitch the idea.

Here's a snippet from the interview, conducted by Esquire's Scott Raab:

Scott Raab: Downey told me: "We wanted Bill to consider a role in Iron Man, but nobody could find him." Show people are awestruck by your inaccessibility.

Bill Murray: I'm not trying to be coy. It's just practical for me. When the phone started ringing too many times, I had to take it back to what I can handle. I take my chances on a job or a person as opposed to a situation. I don't like to have a situation placed over my head.

What role was Murray wanted for? We have no clue. One good guess is that of Tony Stark's trusted chauffer and assistant Happy Hogan, which was filled by the film's director, Jon Favreau. But, until somebody spills, we'll never know for sure.

Sound off: Do you wish Murray would have gotten the message and popped up in the Marvel universe?

(Esquire via Comic Book Resources)

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