Monday, December 6, 2010
Monday Motivator 2: Wretched Refuse
The movie Stripes was originally intended as a vehicle for Cheech & Chong, but something fell through (the fault of neither Cheech nor Chong), and it became instead a vehicle for up-and-coming comic actor Bill Murray fresh off his critical success in Caddy Shack.
Murray urged director Ivan Reitman to cast his good friend Harold Ramis because 1) Ramis is a funny guy and 2) Ramis could help Murray re-write some of his lines and set up his famous improvisations.
Now, I don't know how much of the upcoming motivational speech was in the original script, how much was re-written by Ramis and others, and how much is just pure, on-the-spot Murray genius. Whatever the source, for me, it's basically a tie between this and Belushi's Animal House speech for best comic motivational speech in a movie.
Anyway, here's the scene:
John Diehl, Judge Reinhold, John Larroquette and the late John Candy, too. What a great cast.
And, of course, look what a little motivation can do: