'Groundhog Day' at 30: Andie MacDowell on Bill Murray's on-set shenanigans

2 February is Groundhog Day – when, according to Punxsutawney folklore, a groundhog called Punxsutawney Phil predicts the arrival of spring.

The tradition spawned the 1993 comedy classic that saw Bill Murray's sardonic TV weatherman Phil Connors stuck in the same day over and over again.

But for just how long was the character trapped in the time loop? Well, a film blog has worked it out for you: 33 years and 350 days.

“People would come from all over to see him,” she recalls. “And on Friday nights he would say, ‘I’m sorry, folks. I don’t do autographs on Fridays.’ And didn’t matter where they came from. But the funny thing is how he would say it, people accepted it. They weren’t mad at him. Nobody was angry or saying ugly things to him.”

There was another time Murray and MacDowell were filming a scene in car together when Murray stepped on the gas and jettisoned them from the set.

“He just took off,” she says. “And I was like, ‘What are you doing? Where are we going, Bill? And he goes, ‘Oh, I just thought we’d go for a ride.’ So we just left [for] about 10, 15 minutes.”

Groundhog Day is currently streaming on AMC+.

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