After dragging his feet for years and crushing every attempt made at a direct Ghostbusters sequel, Bill Murray surprised a whole lot of fans when it was revealed the actor had filmed a cameo in director Paul Feig’s upcoming female-led reboot.
However, if you were hoping for more Peter Venkman, know that Murray’s role is rumored to be that of a character out to debunk our new ghostbusting team, played by Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
So, why did Murray finally say yes after spending years saying no?
While the actor was at this weekend’s screening of his new flick, Rock the Kasbah, in East Hampton, Vulture managed to get Murray to reveal how everything came together.
“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.”
For a long time, Murray has said he had no interest whatsoever in reprising the role of Venkman, putting on the proton pack and getting slimed again.
“That’s true, I wasn’t,” Murray admitted, though the addition of actresses like Wiig and McCarthy — who he called “a great hope” — changed his mind. “I like those girls a lot,” he said. “I mean, I really do. They are tough to say no to. And Paul is a real nice fellow.”
However, Bill Murray acknowledged that his ultimate change of heart did not come easy.
“I thought about it for a very long time,” he said. “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].”
What do you think of Bill Murray’s reasons for coming on board director Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot? Also starring Chris Hemsworth, the new Ghostbusters is set to hit movie theaters on July 15, 2016.