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Lions Roar : July 2009
35 SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2009 Harold Ramis says the spiritual resonance so many people felt with his quirky comedy Groundhog Day came as a surprise. After a chance meeting, author PERRy GARfINKEL embarks on a mission to explore the film- maker’s life in the limelight. SO THERE I AM at a literary cocktail party on Martha’s Vineyard, and this man who looks like a Vineyarder I know comes up to our small circle of writers. Just as I’m about to say, “Hi Fred,” he extends his hand and says, “I’m Harold Ramis.” I know the name, but can’t quite remember from where. I say, “Wow, you look like someone who looks just like Harold Ra- mis.” A lame opener, but it gets a chuckle. I do a double-take when the conversation turns to Buddhism and he rattles off the four noble truths and the eightfold path. “This guy knows his Buddhism,” I say to the group. “Not really,” Ramis smiles sheepishly. The man who brought us such rollicking comedies as Animal House, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day, wants to make it clear that he is not a Buddhist. “I don’t want to be the Buddha,” he says, with what I would come to learn is his typical self-effacement and a you’re-in-on-the-joke smirk. “I just want to admire him.” sees his shadow... And if he PHoTo CouRTEsy of CoLuMBIA PICTuREs