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The Inside Look At How Bill Murray Opened Up Comic-Con

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Bill Murray knows how to make an entrance — and what better place to make an entrance than the very first panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2015?

MTV was hanging out back stage at the Open Road panel, where Murray surprised the crowd in support of his upcoming movie Rock the Kasbah. We knew Murray was coming — in fact, rumors had started swirling about his appearance the night before — but still, the closely guarded secret was only officially known by Murray, Open Road, and your fine reporter here at MTV News.

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So we waited for Murray back stage… But of course, true to Murray form, he didn’t even come back stage. Instead, the star entered in the middle of the crowd in character as washed-up music manager Richie Lanz, wearing a floral bandana, aviator sunglasses, a suede jacket and a whole lotta ’tude. Oh, and did we mention he rocked out a karaoke version of Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water” as he made his way up to the stage.

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Needless to say, the crowd of thousands exploded.

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After the panel, though, was one of those “only at Comic-Con” moments, as the Open Road panel crossed over with the next panel in the room, celebrating The Hunger Games. And of course, Murray bonded with moderator Conan O’Brien.

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Yeah, that happened.

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