Bill Murray will star in the upcoming comedy Rock the Kasbah, and in this exclusive video, we get the rocking backstory on the comedian’s character. The faux-documentary Richie Lanz: The Man and the Music provides a glimpse into the life of Murray’s audacious, hilariously unstable rock manager, who after years of being out of the spotlight travels to Afghanistan to visit his last remaining client but ends up stumbling on “music’s next gamechanger.”
As the mockumentary shows, Lanz was once at the center of many of music’s greatest moments, from giving Madonna her famed moniker and saving Woodstock (“Jimi Hendrix played ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ because I asked him to,” Lanz boasts) to telling Slash he should wear a top hat onstage. “He looked at me like he was gonna hit me,” Lanz says. The video also features Lanz remembrances by Willie Nelson and Steven Van Zandt, who reveals that the idea to wear a bandana came from the manager.
However, the ensuing decades aren’t kind to Lanz as he alienates his huge stable of talent. “Richie changed my life. Actually, he ruined my life,” Jenny Lewis tells The Man and the Music. Lanz’s downfall takes him to Afghanistan –”I go to Afghanistan to do something for our troops,” he says – which then sets him on a path to redemption after discovering a young Afghan girl with a superstar voice.
“Rock n’ roll has certainly been very, very good to me,” Lanz says. “If you’re really looking for something that is pure and sacred, you’ll converge with other pure and sacred people.”
The Barry Levinson-directed Rock the Kasbah was penned by former Crawdaddy writer (and Rolling Stone contributor) Mitch Glazer – Glazer and Murray previously teamed for the Christmas classic Scrooged – and co-stars Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, Bruce Willis and Kate Hudson. Rock the Kasbah is set to hit theaters October 23rd through Open Road Films.