Bill Murray Recited a Dog Poem Set to Bach, Then Fell Asleep During ‘Isle of Dogs’ SXSW Premiere — Watch

Bill Murray closed out the SXSW Film Festival with some trademark behavior.

Bill Murray brought his trademark lovable weirdness to Austin, Texas to mark the North American premiere of “Isle of Dogs” at the SXSW Film Festival. The Wes Anderson-directed movie was closing this year’s edition of the festival, and Murray had memorable appearances both before and after the stop-motion film’s screening.

On the afternoon of March 17, Murray popped up on the streets of Austin, Texas to perform a live rendition of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s poem “Dog.” The actor was accompanied by a cellist performing music by Johann Sebastian Bach as he read the poem aloud in front of a group of tourists and festival attendees. Video of the performance has earned more than 62,000 views in two days.

Later in the evening, Murray joined Anderson and his “Isle of Dogs” co-stars Kunichi Nomura, Bob Balaban, and Jeff Goldblum for a discussion moderated by Robert Rodriguez after the movie screened to a sold-out crowd. Murray got a little drowsy and struggled to stay awake when the conversation didn’t concern him. According to USA Today and fans on Twitter, Murray ended up taking a quick nap on stage.

“Isle of Dogs” opens in select theaters this Friday, March 23.

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