Just about everyone was floored by the news that Bill Murray had agreed to appear in the so-called “all-female” Ghostbusters reboot after so many decades of refusing to associate himself with any of the long-mooted attempts at making a third film in the franchise.
Well, newsflash folks: Murray has not only agreed to make a cameo in the new flick — he has already shot his role (as a ghost debunker). So there’s no turning back now.
Vulture asked Murray why he did it, and he replied:
“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].”
Murray said the second film soured him on the franchise and playing Peter Venkman again, but he said he enjoyed working with Paul Feig, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy:
“You know, they were incredibly nice to ask me, and I really enjoyed being there. 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. I like those girls a lot. I mean, I really do. They are tough to say no to. And Paul is a real nice fellow.”
The reboot stars Wiig as Erin Gilbert; Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann; McCarthy as Abby Yates; Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan; Andy Garcia as the Mayor of New York City; Michael K. Williams as Hawkins; Matt Walsh as Rourke; Chris Hemsworth as the Ghostbusters’ secretary; and Neil Casey as the villain. Dan Aykroyd is also set to have a cameo in the film.
The movie will be released on July 16, 2016.