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Bill Murray Gave Toast at George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s Wedding, Says They’re “Beautiful” and “Ideal for Each Other”

Bill Murray at the "St. Vincent" Premiere on October 6, 2014
Bill Murray revealed that he gave a wedding toast at George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's Venice nuptials late last month -- see what he said about the "beautiful" couple 

Bill Murray attended one of the biggest Hollywood weddings this year — and surprisingly, hasn’t been shy about keeping details of the ceremony under wraps. The St. Vincent actor opened up about witnessing friend George Clooney marry British lawyer Amal Alamuddin in Venice late last month during an interview with the Today show’s Matt Lauer on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

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Murray, 64, was one of many A-listers to ride a boat to the Canal Grande Hotel for the exchanging of vows. A latecomer, he trod behind stars like Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, and Cindy Crawford, all of whom were dolled up for the black-tie event. 

“So everyone’s just in T-shirts, you know, real casual,” Murray teased Lauer. “It was a lot of fun.”

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The Ghostbusters star revealed he gave a wedding toast at the reception, but kept specific details to himself. “I did speak. I did get to say something. I can’t really recreate it, but it was something about the fact that — a lot of people, it seemed, put their lives on hold until these people [George and Amal] found their happiness. Because they’re both very, very, very good people and very considerate and thoughtful of their friends and families. So the idea that they got it now is liberating. It really is liberating to see them alive and in love,” he told Lauer.

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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin leave the Aman Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Venice, Italy

“These two — it’s just miraculous that they found each other because they are so ideal for each other,” he continued. “People were very emotional about the fact that these two people found someone. That really was a great part of the party.” (The actor noted the same “finding each other” sentiment to Us Weekly at his St. Vincent NYC premiere on Monday, Oct. 6.)

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Murray also added in his admiration for Clooney’s new bride. “They were so beautiful. She really is a beautiful girl and a real huge heart and a great humanitarian,” he gushed to Lauer. “And funny, too. She’s the funniest Lebanese since [comedian] Danny Thomas.”

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