Bill Murray explains cameo in new GHOSTBUSTERS reboot

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You don’t get a classier caliber of actor than Bill Murray. The guy is charming, funny, and can act his socks off (yet has never won an Oscar – rigged MUCH?) So adding him to the upcoming – and to some controversial – all-female reboot of the 80s classic Ghostbusters is going to do a lot to silence some people who would use his absence as a reason to boycott the film. That being said it took Murray quite a while to decide to acquiesce to the desires of director Paul Feig (not to mention that it was his continued refusal to be involved in Ghostbusters 3 that kept that movie in development hell for years before it was scrapped in favour of this reboot). Speaking to Vulture the 64-year-old actor said:

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].

He has a point there. The internet loves putting words into peoples mouths and once there it’s harder to remove than the crayons Trevor so often puts in his ears. Murray admits though that he really didn’t want to appear in the new movie as he was worried he may overshadow them, which, in my opinion, is a valid reason. Still, with the cast and director pushing him he finally agreed:

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 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.

Once again Murray proves to be a damn fine fellow. He will appear alongside original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd and Demi-God Thor, I mean, Chris Hemsworth as they co-star with the new team consisting of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Expect ghosts everywhere to get busted in July 2016.

Last Updated: September 1, 2015

Nick Reay

I have been an avid fan of movies ever since I discovered Santa Clause wasn't real, a day marked in my memory by my first viewing of It's a Wonderful Life, which wasn't so wonderful that day. Since then I've watched thousands of movies and even fooled my parents into putting me through uni to get a degree in the subject. I first started writing as a journalist for The South African Newspaper before moving onto communications for an NGO trying to save the planet. Unfortunately my recommendations to the CEO that we should all don rings imbued with the powers of earth, fire, wind, water and HEART went unheard. Now I pretend the end isn't nigh by hiding in movies.

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