Bill Murray selects a BlackBerry for his first smartphone

Bill Murray selects a BlackBerry for his first smartphone
To say that Bill Murray is a strange duck would be an understatement. The comedian/actor/man about town has never been one to carry a phone, whether it be smart or dumb. Legend has it that to get in touch with the star, agents, pals and even family members, have to use a secret toll-free number that not too many know about.

But it looks like the 64 year-old has finally joined the rest of the world and has purchased a smartphone. Of course, leave it to Murray to stay clear of the iOS vs, Android debate, as the Ghostbusters star is now the proud owner of a BlackBerry handset. He has already handed out his phone number to Naomi Watts, his co-star in St. Vincent, a new film that opened last Friday. Watts might feel honored to be given the number, but she is complaining that agents keep calling, trying to get her to push a script to Murray for him to read.

As for which BlackBerry model Murray now sports, the BlackBerry Passport is different enough to suit the actor's personality. And a movie like Caddyshack might look good on the 4.5 inch, 1440 x 1440 screen. Murray told the New York Post's Page Six that he needed the phone to keep in touch with his kids, who won't answer a phone call, but will respond to a text. Sounds like the apples haven't fallen too far from the tree.

source: NYPost via N4BB

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1. Busyboy unregistered

He knows what's good

2. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

'Sounds like apple haven't fallen too far from the tree' Lol :')

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31052; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good for him, enjoy it.

4. engineer-1701d unregistered

i call bs on this one his first smart phone? really really

14. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

no actually. I come across people his age, almost every day. a few still have the traditional clamshell. they didn't/don't need anything more. an example: my father still uses VHS tape. been trying to talk him away from those for years, but he says he's just fine. however, upstairs, my mother uses DVR like nothing. old dog, new tricks, I suppose.

5. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

If BFM chooses BB then it's gotta be the best. I have zero arguments.

22. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

BFM chooses the best? I disagree, the best is what ever Chuck Norris uses. Though, Chuck Norris Doesnt need a cell phone because surprise is the best form of attack, and no one would ever call him for fear of enticing a long distance round house kick. Also, Chuck Norris created every colour used on smartphones, except for pink, Tom Cruise created pink.

34. axllebeer

Posts: 271; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Chuck Norris, never heard of her... :)

6. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

This guy is a legend! I would like to try the passport myself but sadly they are as hard to find as bigfoot

7. Derekjeter

Posts: 1492; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Could've been worst.... He could have gone with WP.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Would've been a big improvement if you ask me.

12. Busyboy unregistered

Well no one's asking you .

19. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Shots fired!...

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'll take windows phone over it any day.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22072; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agree with Busyboy. Nobody asked you. And you're only proving my point once again. Always something negative to say about BlackBerry. It's like a compulsive disorder with you.

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You get upset over the most trivial blackberry comments.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22072; Member since: May 28, 2014

You feel you need to post your negative BS on EVERY BlackBerry article. It's just not necessary.

17. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

You always claim that you never troll and yet... Here you are again. TROLLING. But I'm sure you'll either deny it once again as all trolls do or won't respond because I'm telling the truth. Why can't you be like your buddy DarkkJedi and simply NOT be a troll? You really must have no life or be a 17 year old punk kid in Mommy's basement.

29. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So saying I'd prefer windows phone over blackberry is trolling now? Ever heard of something called an opinion?

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 22072; Member since: May 28, 2014

You didn't say you prefer it over BlackBerry. You said it would be "a big improvement", implying that BB10 is not good. You'll note the difference. If you don't want others responding to your "opinion" with their opinion, then phrase it differently. If not, people are going to respond to it on a public forum.

33. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

But that's not what you said Mxy so now you're a liar and a troll. And you do this same exact thing continuously on every BlackBerry post. That's trolling. You need to just own up to it. No one wants your trolling here. Stick to making happy comments on the iToy posts. BB10 is too complicated for a simple troll like you anyway. Stick to your dumbed down OS.

8. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

As a first smartphone, I think he is going to deeply regret that choice. Not that he couldn't just buy one of every smart phone available and use a different one everyday if he wanted to.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22072; Member since: May 28, 2014

Smart man! He chose the best! Welcome to #TeamBlackBerry!

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I can see why he would go with this. 1) He probably saw Tim Allen plug it on Jimmy Kimmel or otherwise heard about it from another friend or associate. 2) Given that he will primarily use it for text and isn't an avid smartphone user already, a qwerty phone just makes sense. And pretty much everybody besides Blackberry has given up on it, so if you want a good qwerty, you don't have much of a choice. 3) Blackberry has a reputation for security, and knowing how Bill Murray likes to live, he values privacy and security. Android and Apple both have been known to have severe security breaches, not so much the case with Blackberry. 4) Perhaps he liked the look of the device? Or maybe he's really behind the times in the smartphone world and remembers Blackberry. Or maybe Blackberry hooked up him, he is Bull Murray after all. 5) He is the trolling type, maybe he went with that just because nobody else does :)

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I use Charmin to wipe my ass, is ToiletArena going to do a piece on me?

16. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Does your Charmin have 300+ PPI screen, BT ULE, 802.11 ac WiFi, or cellular radios?

23. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

No, but guess which one is more useful.

18. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

What a coincidence, my neice just married a guy with the last name Whipple. Guess what she's getting for Christmas.

24. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

A new, unused dictionary from her Uncle. (Niece) ;-)

32. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Sorry my autocorrect put it that way and I didn't catch, ass. It does happen. Second, apparently the only sense of humor you can grasp is your own. Since you apparently didn't get it, Charmin toilet paper. MYbe I shouldn't have expected any less from someone named Crispin.

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