Bill Murray confirmed he recently filmed a cameo for the Ghostbusters reboot.
According to a report by Rolling Stone, Murray was originally reluctant to rejoin the cast of the supernatural comedy franchise. However, upon careful consideration, and a little persuasion, Murray finally agreed, and filmed a cameo to appear in the newest installment of the series, which will be directed by Paul Feig.
Bill Murray originally took on the character of Dr. Peter Venkman in the 1984 Ghostbusters and then later reprised his role in the 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II. Murray was very clear that he wanted no part in a third film, so much so, that the idea was shelved until Feig came along.
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) September 1, 2015
During a recent interview with Vulture,Murray explained why he changed his mind, and decided to take part in the female version of the original film, which will star Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.
“I thought about it for a very long time. Like, many, many months. No, that’s not right. I was seriously thinking about this for years, really … It kept eating at me, and I really respect those girls. And then I started to feel like if I didn’t do this movie, maybe somebody would write a bad review or something, thinking there was some sort of disapproval (on my part).”
During a 2011 interview with David Letterman, Murray compared starring in a third Ghostbusters movie to a “nightmare.” He said the poor response that Ghostbusters II received really caused him to have a bad feel towards the series. However, he came around after the warm welcome he received from the new cast members.
Rather than playing Venkman, the role he became famous for, it is rumored that Murray will be appearing as a character who has set out to debunk the new Ghostbusters crew.
“You know, they were incredibly nice to ask me, and I really enjoyed being there,” Murray said. “They have such a jolly group, and they are going to have great success with this project. I didn’t want to overshadow [them] or anything, and I feel really good about it.”
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis on the set of Ghostbusters, 1983. pic.twitter.com/LbHJKNIcZK
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