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Bill Murray makes surprise visits to George Clooney's Italian villa

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Feb 05, 2014 | 11:05am EST

Eccentric actor Bill Murray has become an unannounced regular at George Clooney's villa in Lake Como, Italy after the pair bonded on the set of Fantastic Mr. Fox. The Ocean's Eleven star got along with the entire cast of Wes Anderson's stop-motion animation film in 2009 and invited them all to spend a summer with him at his Italian home. However, Murray has since become a regular visitor, dropping in on Clooney whenever he feels the need for a European vacation. Clooney explains, "We'd met a few times before but we really started spending time together after the Fantastic Mr. Fox... The whole cast came out, and then after that, Bill would just call me. "I'd be in Italy, and I'd get a call - I hadn't talked to Bill in like, two or three months - and I get a call and he'll just be like, 'I'm here!' I'd be like, 'Where?' He'd say, 'At the airport in Milan' and I'd go, 'Oh OK, come on over!' He'd come over and we'd sit and watch TV and play basketball for a couple of weeks and then he'd say, 'OK, see you later!'" Clooney and Murray have since reteamed for World War II movie The Monuments Men.

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