Bill Murray on “mandatory fun time” with his Monuments Men director George Clooney

The acting legend talks goofing around on set and topping the stories of his co-stars Matt Damon, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville and Jean Dujardin

George Clooney is known for his sense of humour – there aren’t many co-stars who’ve escaped his on-set pranks – so it comes as no surprise that “mandatory fun time” was introduced during filming on his latest movie, Monuments Men. 


According to his co-star Bill Murray, Clooney – who wrote, produced and directed the film – orchestrated plenty of entertainment in between takes. Speaking to on the red carpet at last night’s Monuments Men premiere, Murray recalled moments “when you just stop and laugh for a while between set ups. We’d have these big set ups because it’s kind of a big movie and we’d stop and goof around. People would tell stories and you’d have to top the previous guy. That was a lot of fun.”

But the star of upcoming Wes Anderson flick, The Grand Budapest Hotel, also (wisely) pointed out his boss’s merits as a director: “He makes it look very simple. He comes in and he’s really prepared. The harder it looks like it’s going to be, the easier he made it.” 

Set at the end of the Second World War, Monuments Men follows Frank Stokes (Clooney) and the group of art experts he gathers to travel to the frontline in an attempt to rescue Europe’s most prized artwork from the hands of the Nazis. Also starring Matt Damon, Hugh Bonneville, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban and John Goodman, the film is released in UK cinemas on Friday 14 February.