Published -October 29th 1983
Photograph by Barry Peake
Colin Vaines talks to John Byrum, director of the new version of W Somerset Maugham’s “The Razor’s Edge”
IT IS THE lingering memory of the horrors of the First World War that causes Larry Darrell, hero of W Somerset Maugham’s “The Razor’s Edge”, to give up the security of post-war America and set off on a spiritual and philosophical quest for some meaning in life.
In a field in south-west England recently, those horrors were being recreated on an appallingly realistic depiction of a World War One battleground for Columbia’s new version of the Maugham novel.
Produced by Harry Benn and Bob Marcucci, with Rob Cohen as executive producer, “The Razor’s Edge” is directed by John Byrum, whose previous two films were “Inserts” and “Heart Beat”.
Article by Dale Pollock
Published – October 29th 1984
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BEVERLY HILLS. Calif. – There’s little doubt of Bill Murray’s appeal after “Ghostbusters” this year’s megahit comedy with ticket sales to date of $210 million.
Columbia Pictures is curious whether Murray’s drawing power will extend to “The Razor’s Edge”, the actor’s first dramatic vehicle, after five previous comedies. The studio agreed to put the film into production only after Murray committed to doing “Ghostbusters”.
This is the article that confirms the rumors that Bill Murray’s on-screen speech to his dead superior, Piedmont (Played by Brian Doyle-Murray) were words he had already spoken about recently departed friend, John Belushi.
Bill Murray’s Film Farewell to Belushi
‘He was a slob. Did you ever see him eat? Starving children could fill their bellies on the food that ended up on his beard and clothes. Dogs would gather to watch him eat. I never understood gluttony, but I hated it…I hated that about you. He enjoyed disgusting people—being disgusting—that thrill of offending people and making them uncomfortable. He was despicable. He will not be missed.’
This is an extract from an interview Bill Murray gave to Cosmopolitan Magazine in December 1984.
Bill Murray: More than just a Funnyman
Report by Chris Chase. Main photo by Dilip Mehta
“I wanted to do something different,” he says. “I didn’t think it was going to be such a big deal.” (Bill Murray)
Rob Cohen, executive producer of The Razor’s Edge, says that the story (based on a Somerset Maugham novel) “is about someone looking for values, asking, ‘is there a meaning to life?’. It seems at first that this is a bizarre thing for Bill Murray to be doing, but I think he has a specialness that has made him a wealthy man and a household word. And any comedic talent has to be somewhat bizarre, only because it sees life from an oblique angle.”
Rolling Stone Magazine, 16th August 1984
Rolling Stone’s interview with Bill Murray gives the most detailed insight into the making of The Razor’s Edge. Particular focus is given to the location shooting in Srinagar and Ladakh, India in the summer/autumn of 1983.