Bill Murray wasn't the first choice to star in Groundhog Day

2 February 2024, 13:51

Bill Murray in Groundhog Day (1993)
Bill Murray in Groundhog Day (1993). Picture: Alamy

The Ghostbusters star wasn't the first actor considered for the role - and here are the other people considered to play the grumpy weatherman...

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Today is 2nd February, otherwise known as Groundhog Day- the bizarre US tradition which inspired the film of the same name.

The film celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2023, but what if we told you that the iconic 90s movie starring Bill Murray could have actually had someone equally famous and brilliant as its lead?

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According to Digital Spy, Tom Hanks was originally teed up for the 1993 film, but director Harold Ramis decided he was "too nice," and his redemption wouldn't have been convincing enough.

Too nice? Tom Hanks in his big 1993 rom-com, Sleepless In Seattle
Too nice? Tom Hanks in his big 1993 rom-com, Sleepless In Seattle. Picture: AJ Pics / Alamy Stock Photo

According to the outlet, other actors who were also considered for the role but were deemed too nice were Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and John Travolta.  Err...


Let's face it, Ramis made the perfect choice, because we can't imagine anyone other than Bill Murray saying this:



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