If there is one actor who appears in the headlines in unusual stories often it must be Bill Murray. Famous for turning up at parties and enjoying himself in a way that only someone confident in themselves can, the star of Groundhog Day has now turned to hypnosis to solve a problem he has had with cats!
Bill Murray has been making a film where he plays a curmudgeonly hermit who spends most of his time with his pet cat Felix in the new film called "St. Vincent". The only problem that he had was that he has an allergy to cats which threatened to derail the production. So he turned to hypnotherapy to cure his allergy so he could share scenes with a showbiz performing cat.
Famous for appearing in "Lost in Translation" and "Ghostbusters" he spoke to chat show host Ellen DeGeneres and in an interview on her talk show on Wednesday this week Bill Murray said of the hypnosis sessions:
"I read someplace that allergies are psychosomatic and you can actually hypnotise yourself and overcome the allergy.
"So I used to do that. I used to go to girls' houses and they had cats and all of a sudden I'd be looking at them crying and they'd be like, 'What did I say?' and I'd go, 'No, it's not you!' So I learned to hypnotise myself and get over it.
"But then I decided I didn't really like cats that much, so I stopped. I'm more of a dog guy. But for the movie I went back to that and it worked."
It's not entirely clear how much of the story is Bill Murray the raconteur and if he visited a hypnotherapist or just worked on himself but it's probably fair to say that if anyone knows the benefits of thinking the way that you want to and how that can really help in your life then Murray is the man!