Thursday, February 2, 2012

12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Movie "Groundhog Day"

From Buzzfeed.

Bill Murray was bitten by the groundhog twice during shooting.

Director Harold Ramis originally wanted Tom Hanks for the lead role, but decided against it, saying that Hanks was “too nice.”

Tori Amos was considered for the role of Rita.

A family of groundhogs was actually raised for the production.

The movie was filmed in Woodstock, Illinois. In Woodstock, there’s a small plaque that reads “Bill Murray stepped here” on the curb where Murray continually steps into a puddle.

According to an interview with director Harold Ramis, he and Bill Murray argued over the tone of the film. Murray wanted the film to be more philosophical while Ramis wanted it to be more comedic. The two argued throughout the production and have not spoken to each other since.

According to director Harold Ramis, most of the times when he tried to explain a scene to Bill Murray, Murray would interrupt and ask, “Just tell me - good Phil or bad Phil?”

See the rest at Buzzfeed.


  1. Bill Murray was bitten twice by the groundhog? Yikes! I wouldn't want to have to pick up a groundhog. Those things are nasty--like giant brown rats with huge, sharp claws.

    That little baby sitting on the train in the portrait of the day looks a bit off balance. I have a feeling right after that photo was snapped, he landed face first on the top of the engine.

  2. So glad Tom Hanks didn't get that roll. Bill. Fucking. Murray. There is no substitute.

  3. There's a lot of talk about Bill being a jerk, but my friend whose husband is a sound editor said when they flew to England for the BAFTA awards, they got to the airport to find he had upgraded them both to first, not business, class on his own dime and her husband said he was exceedingly nice and gracious to work with - I liked hearing that.

  4. another piece of trivia to add: due to sound problems during filming, the actor (tom milanovich) who played the state trooper ( had his voice completely overdubbed by someone else.

    tom was also an original owner of quads gym (chicago) where I got my start in the fit-biz.

    1. I was looking him up on imdb recently & noted he died several years ago. I can't find an answer as to what the cause of death was. Might you know?



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