Released in 1993, Groundhog Day is directed by Harold Ramis andstars Bill Murray as a TV weatherman covering the Groundhog Day events in a small town. However, he soon realizes that he’s stuck in a time loop, reliving the same day over and over again. While the film was relatively successful, over the years, it has grown to become a cult classic and has even been described as one of the best comedy films of all time. Now, take a look at some of the lesser-known facts about Groundhog Day which made it such a beloved film.
Bill Murray Wasn’t The First Choice
While we couldn’t imagine Groundhog Day without Bill Murray, surprisingly, he wasn’t the first choice for the film. Initially, both Tom Hanks and Michael Keaton turned down the role of the weatherman Phil Collins.
Although Tom Hanks was busy, he also didn’t think that the character fit his personality and that the ending would be too predictable if he was the star. Michael Keaton on the other hand, just didn’t understand the script and passed on the role. A decision he later admitted he regrets.