Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson light up the screen in Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation,” a film about two wayward souls who befriend and end up helping each other during a trip to Tokyo. Brilliantly acted and wonderfully directed, the film was a hit with audiences and critics alike when it was released in 2003.
Now, far be it from us to hit a film of such caliber, but were we the only ones a little freaked out by the finale, in which 52-year-old Murray kisses 17-year-old ScarJo? Especially since, according to Coppola (via an interview with The Daily Beast), the moment was actually improvised by Murray on the spot? “It was always meant to be that tender goodbye where they both knew they had touched in some way,” Coppola said. “And I remember sometimes he was always throwing things at her, and it was fun to get his reaction.”
On the age difference, the acclaimed director felt that Murray’s innocent nature kept the relationship from veering into scary territory, noting that there was “just something about the way Bill is that he doesn’t has never been lustful. Maybe because he’s such a kid.”
Fair enough, but take the art out and it’s still a much older man kissing a very young woman.