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Bill Murray: I played Steve Bannon on SNL because 'who wouldn't' and 'they had a really good wig'

  • Murray opened the first "Saturday Night Live" episode of 2018 playing President Donald Trump's former top strategist.
  • Asked how it came about, Murray says, "My friend called me up and said, 'Would you like to be Steve Bannon?' I said, 'Who wouldn't?'"

Bill Murray said Friday he decided to play former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on "Saturday Night Live" at the behest of a friend.

Plus, he joked, "They had a really good wig."

The comedian, actor and avid golfer got up early on the West Coast to join CNBC's "Squawk Box" from the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament.

Murray, an "SNL" cast member from 1977 to 1980, was asked how the Bannon impression came about. "My friend called me up and said, 'Would you like to be Steve Bannon.' I said, 'Who wouldn't.'"

"I said, 'Sure. OK. I'm going that way anyway.' And they had a really good wig," said Murray, who opened the first live "SNL" show of 2018 playing President Donald Trump's former advisor.

Bill Murray as Steve Bannon, Fred Armisen as Michael Wolff during 'Morning Joe Cold Open' in Studio 8H on Saturday, January 13, 2018.
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Bill Murray as Steve Bannon, Fred Armisen as Michael Wolff during 'Morning Joe Cold Open' in Studio 8H on Saturday, January 13, 2018.

Instrumental down the stretch in Trump's victorious 2016 campaign, Bannon saw his rocky tenure as a White House strategist pushing a populist agenda come to an end after seven months.

Bannon, the twice former head of the conservative news organization Breitbart, has come under scrutiny recently because of his quotes in Michael Wolff's explosive book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House."

Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to investigate allegations of Russian ties to the Trump campaign, is likely to question Bannon next week.

On CNBC Friday, Murray also commented on the numerous women in Hollywood coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and assault by powerful men in the industry.

"If people are monstrous, it eventually comes back," Murray said. "This is unusual. People are getting their justice rather quickly."

WATCH: Bill Murray talks politics, Hollywood and impersonating Steve Bannon

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