Emma Stone On ‘Ghostbusters’: ‘A Franchise Is A Big Commitment’

Emma Stone was once considered for a prime role in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot and was even recommended for the film by none other than Bill Murray himself, but Ms. Stone recently revealed that she turned down the role. It seems that Ms. Stone, so recently known for portraying Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man films, was in no hurry to jump into another franchise, particularly one that might be long-running.

“The script was really funny,” Emma said in the interview. “It just didn’t feel like the right time for me. A franchise is a big commitment—it’s a whole thing. I think maybe I need a minute before I dive back into that water.”

It seems that the time Emma spent with former Ghostbusters star Murray on the set of Zombieland helped to develop a friendship between the two performers. Emma recalls seeking out advice from the renowned comedian, Bill responding with some wise words that Ms. Stone took to heart.

“He told me to keep some things I love just for me,” Stone recalled. “The idea is to have some things that you don’t feel like you need to share with the world. To have some things that are only yours.”

Emma may have passed up what others might call a golden opportunity in that Ghostbusters role, but Ms. Stone is by no means suffering for roles. Actually, Emma says she’s finally enjoying some much needed downtime. Following a three-month run on Broadway in which Ms. Stone starred in Cabaret, Emma was called upon to return to California for some needed reshoots on the Cameron Crowe romantic comedy Aloha. Although she had set this time aside for a vacation of sorts, Ms. Stone is finding that her time away from work has been keeping her just as busy as her hectic shooting schedules.

“I was actually on the phone all day today, trying to put the pieces together,” Emma says. “When I sit in my house for too long, I think too much—but I really like sitting in my house.”

What’s up next for Emma Stone? Starring opposite Ryan Gosling, Ms. Stone will appear in the musical comedy La La Land to be directed by Damien Chazelle. Emma reveals that she will be singing and dancing in the film and that she has already begun rehearsing the dance routines. La La Land will premiere in theaters in July 2016.

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