Bill Murray is starring in a new Wes Anderson movie. As a director, Wes Anderson is known for many things, one of them is his unique use of color. Currently, Murray is promoting the new film, The French Dispatch. He’s doing so with his co-stars, Tilda Swinton and Timothée Chalamet, two actors who regularly make headlines for their sense of fashion. Clearly, it was time for Bill Murray to step things up and get colorful with his wardrobe to promote this new Wes Anderson film. The internet has definitely taken notice of these valiant efforts on his part. Now, there are memes everywhere. They center on one particular photo of the cast with Wes Anderson, which has quickly become a fun new meme.
See the original photo with Timothée Chalamet, Wes Anderson, Tilda Swinton, and Bill Murray below.
Here are some photos that really zoom in and let you appreciate Bill Murray here. Taking a moment for Murray appreciation is good for the soul. Just take in this shirt for a moment. Get lost in that print. You may need to let your eyes unfocus for a minute, it’s a lot to take in.
While the shirt is attracting a lot of attention to what’s happening with Bill Murray’s fashion choices here, you can’t ignore the other elements of this classic ensemble. As one Twitter user points out in the tweet below, check out those blue shorts, the hat… the second watch. Those sneakers are also clearly a fashion choice. If he wore this on the cover of GQ, there’d be people forced to frame it.
While the second watch does suggest, “I forgot I already had one on,” it may very well be a deliberate fashion choice. For some reason, Wil Wheaton did photoshoots in his younger days where he wore multiple watches. It is a trend people have tried to make into something bigger many times over the decades. Maybe Bill Murray is making the conscious decision to be the one to make it cool. Maybe the former Ghostbuster is bringing us into the future of men’s fashion. If enough people repeat this, do you think we’ll start seeing men wearing multiple watches walking down every street? We can hope. This may be just one more way that Bill Murray brings a few more smiles into the universe.
Part of how this Billy Murray photo gained so much attention is on the hands of the academic circles where people are pointing out that this is how academics dress at conferences.
Some of it is people poking fun at Bill Murray and the rest.
Some of it is in defense of the fashion choices here, particularly on behalf of Bill Murray.
Some of it is in attempts to pull the attention away from Bill Murray’s outfit and remind everyone that Tilda Swinton is wearing a bold suit.
If this $2,000 shirt was Bill Murray’s reaction to Tilda Swinton and Timothée Chalamet stealing the fashion show at prior events during Cannes for this movie, it would not be surprising. The internet has been having big reactions to some of their outfits.
Part of what makes these outfits so much fun is that men are typically suited up in a navy suit or a black suit for the red carpet. That’s not a lot of options. If a man wears a tan suit, as Wes Anderson does here, it completely stands out. Is someone as iconic as Bill Murray really supposed to wear a blue or a black suit to every single red carpet event he attends? Let’s hope we never live in that world. Maybe Bill Murray will start a trend here and we’ll see more shirts that are a little difficult to stare directly into on the red carpet. They’re actors, after all. Artists. Let’s take this up a notch. Can anyone top Bill Murray’s shirt during the last couple of days of Cannes? Here’s hoping they try.