Vote for Bill Murray as Mayor of “Ember”

Sept. 26, 2008 | 10:59 p.m.

Bill Murray has been a groundskeeper, a businessman in Tokyo, and a ghostbuster (and will be one again), but now he’s campaigning for a new role: mayor. In "City of Ember," Bill plays the mayor of an underground city, a character who’s funny and out for himself. The Oscar nominee has been out promoting the film and recently made a surprise visit to the the Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, to the delight of fans.

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The marketing folks behind "City of Ember" earlier transported some of the press to Comic-Con on a train, actually the Tioga Pass, a 1950s former Canadian National "presidents car" and the Overland Trail, a 1940s former Southern Pacific club lounge car (with barbershop — thanks Conductor Bill).  It was very cool.  This time, they’ve hatched a site and video touting the ex-‘SNL’er as the right candidate to lead the city against the darkness.  It seems to fit in with this politically-charged environment.

– Jevon Phillips

Photo: Jack Plunkett / AP

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