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Bill Murray is the Internet’s greatest mascot

Lady Gaga, Bill Murray and David Letterman take a selfie. (Jeffrey R. Staab/AP)

Celebrities these days are so terrified of revealing their real personalities. But you know who isn’t afraid of that at all? Bill Murray. In fact, he revels in it, meaning that we can finally make it official after all these years: Murray really is the Internet’s greatest mascot.

To assume that important title, you need to have many qualities, though the most important one is the ability to make a video go viral: That is the Internet’s best talent, and Murray has it in spades: Just this week, a bunch of bros celebrating their friend’s bachelor party in Charleston, S.C., happened to be at the same restaurant as the famed actor. The end result: Murray wound up giving an excellent speech to the group and some important relationship advice. (If you find “the one,” take an around-the-world trip together. If you survive, when you get back, get married.)

Of course, Murray is famous for randomly showing up places. That video evidence often makes its way around the Web at lightning speed, and they all add up to the other things that help make someone become the Mascot of the Internet:

Be nice to people.

Just because you’re a famous movie star doesn’t mean you have to constantly prove how important you are. If you’re in the mood to talk to a stranger and one approaches to have a drink, why not accept? (And take that stranger on the most memorable night of his life, as Murray did according to this Thought Catalog post.)

Be really fun at bars.

When people have a few drinks in them, they’ll love you even more: Although Murray was already a hit when he randomly started bartending at a random place during SXSW in 2010:

Be young at heart.

Crashing a kickball game was one of Murray’s greatest accomplishments — especially considering he jumped in to play.

Don’t be afraid to make fun of yourself.

Sometimes movies have silly tropes, like a group of people walking realllllly slowly down a hallway. Embrace it! As did Murray, who chose to participate in a ridiculous video parody instead of signing an autograph, like a lame celebrity would.

New {fake} Trailer from David Walton Smith on Vimeo.

Most importantly: Remind people you’re just a regular person.

Celebrities, we can’t emphasize this enough: An audience connects when they remember you’re just like them. And who hasn’t shown up at a random loft party, just like Murray did in Brooklyn back in 2008?

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.



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