Culture

Bill Murray Once Played The Human Torch

Culture

Bill Murray Once Played The Human Torch

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Back in 1975, Bill Murray wasn’t yet Bill Murray, but a working comic just like any number of dudes of his era. Dudes have to work, which is why Murray took on an unlikely job: the role of voicing Johnny Storm, alias the Human Torch, of Fantastic Four fame. Unearthed by Badass Digest, this radio play chronicling the Fantastic Four’s adventures is a pop culture time capsule, starting when you realize, “Hey, that’s Herman Blume.” You can cue into around the 3:30 mark to start the Human Torch’s story, and from the moment it kicks in, Murray’s deadpan sneer is instantly recognizable. It obviously didn’t sound this way at the time, but there’s no way to listen today without imagining Murray in the studio, doing a not-so-secretly goofy reading of this very goofy material. Fortunately, he’d be cast on Saturday Night Live just a year later, kickstarting the career we know today. But for a moment, imagine Murray suiting up like this for a modern adaptation, and try not to giggle. There are ten episodes altogether, if that’s your type of thing.

http://youtu.be/ibskIqoNYi4