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Bill Murray continues to be open and honest about the next Ghostbusters film

07.19.2010by:

Bill Murray isn't afraid to give his honest opinion. When you're a few months shy of being 60-years old, start to give a shit less and less about what comes out of your mouth.

As everyone may already know, Murray isn't too keen on another GHOSTBUSTERS film. GQ did an interview with Mr. Murray who had some more choice words to add to the topic, and possibly how some hipster kids might have convinced him to get in on the third installment. Also, a love for the comedy genius in KUNG FU HUSTLE.

I love the way this thing starts off. This is the first peek at Murray that the interviewer gets, When I arrived, he was standing alone in the corner of a New York hotel room, talking on a cell phone and wearing a ratty black polo, jeans, and yellow "tape measure" suspenders."

GQ: Is the third Ghostbusters movie happening? What's the story with that?

Murray: It's all a bunch of crock. It's a crock. There was a story—and I gotta be careful here, I don't want to hurt someone's feelings. When I hurt someone's feelings, I really want to hurt them. [laughs] Harold Ramis said, Oh, I've got these guys, they write on The Office, and they're really funny. They're going to write the next Ghostbusters. And they had just written this movie that he had directed.

Year One.

Year One. Well, I never went to see Year One, but people who did, including other Ghostbusters, said it was one of the worst things they had ever seen in their lives. So that dream just vaporized. That was gone. But it's the studio that really wants this thing. It's a franchise. It's a franchise, and they made a whole lot of money on Ghostbusters.

Oh, sure, I remember. The soundtrack. The lunchboxes. The action figures.

Right. And it's still one of the biggest movies of all time. And ever since that story broke, everywhere I go people are like, "So are you gonna make that movie?" I was down in Austin at South by Southwest, and you go at it hard down there—fun but, man, you need to sleep for days afterwards. Anyhow, I got into it one night with a bunch of younger people who were like, Oh, I love Peter Venkman! I grew up with Peter Venkman! We got to talking, and the more we talked about it, the more I thought, Oh Christ, I should just do this thing.

A generation awaits, for sure. You weren't even supposed to play that role, right?

Yeah. Originally it was Belushi. Like a lot of my movies. [beat] God, John died, what was it, twenty-five years ago?

On to that KUNG FU HUSTLE stuff...

GQ: Oh shit. The bluftoné. I forgot about the bluftoné.

Murray: Bluftoné! [laughs] Shalhoub gives one of the greatest comic performances I've ever seen! Though I do like Michael Caine and Maggie Smith in California Suite. Unfortunately, the last time I watched it was right after Kung Fu Hustle, which is the supreme achievement of the modern age in terms of comedy.

Kung Fu Hustle?

It's not even close. Quick Change after it looked like a home movie. It looked like a fucking high school film. I was like, "Oh man, I just saw this thing," and "God, that's just staggering, just staggering. That movie is just AHHHHHH!" And when I saw that, I was like: That. Just. Happened. There should have been a day of mourning for American comedy the day that movie came out.

Check out Murray next in GET LOW.

Extra Tidbit: Every Christmas, SCROOGED would be a part of the holiday movie extravaganza, right after CHRISTMAS VACATION.
Source: GQ

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4:23PM on 07/21/2010

Torn between two loves

I love Ghostbusters. It's my all time favorite movie. I want a Ghostbusters 3 so bad I can't stand it. I love Bill Murray. Most of the movies he's done and been involved with (his early movies) are among my favorites. It hurts me ever so when I hear BM talk about GB3, because it's almost never positive. I do like how he says he likes the character, he likes the movies (albeit he feels GB2 is inferior, which yes it is but it's still not a bad movie), and he even got back into the GB
I love Ghostbusters. It's my all time favorite movie. I want a Ghostbusters 3 so bad I can't stand it. I love Bill Murray. Most of the movies he's done and been involved with (his early movies) are among my favorites. It hurts me ever so when I hear BM talk about GB3, because it's almost never positive. I do like how he says he likes the character, he likes the movies (albeit he feels GB2 is inferior, which yes it is but it's still not a bad movie), and he even got back into the GB spirit (pun not intended) when he did the video game. But hearing him talk about it being his "nightmare" and all of this other talk just tears me up. I'm sure he will be in it, but I want him to WANT to do it, not made to do it. You would definitely be able to tell by his performance. And if he doesn't agree to be in it and one gets made anyway, well, it just won't be Ghostbusters without him. Oh, and for the record, Year One wasn't THAT bad. I don't understand a lot of the hate that is going towards that movie. It wasn't a classic by far, but there were funny parts to it and I "got" what they were trying to do with it.
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6:27AM on 07/20/2010

Had a look on IMDB trivia

'Murray and Dan Aykroyd reprised their Ghost Busters (1984) characters to visit a terminally ill child who was a fan of the film and wanted to meet them.' tells me everything I need to know about Murray.

He'll reprise the role if the occasion warrants it. In this case he feels it doesn't.
'Murray and Dan Aykroyd reprised their Ghost Busters (1984) characters to visit a terminally ill child who was a fan of the film and wanted to meet them.' tells me everything I need to know about Murray.

He'll reprise the role if the occasion warrants it. In this case he feels it doesn't.
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2:18AM on 07/20/2010
Year One was hilarious! It's one of my favorite comedies. I don't get why everyone rags on this movie. Maybe it's because the film took a stab at religion?
Year One was hilarious! It's one of my favorite comedies. I don't get why everyone rags on this movie. Maybe it's because the film took a stab at religion?
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10:42AM on 07/20/2010
WHAT?!!!! No, its because it was atrocious writing plain and simple. I ordered it on On Demand and couldn't stay awake through it. Never cracked a smile and kept scratching my head at Raimis' involvement.
WHAT?!!!! No, its because it was atrocious writing plain and simple. I ordered it on On Demand and couldn't stay awake through it. Never cracked a smile and kept scratching my head at Raimis' involvement.
1:50AM on 07/20/2010

The bit about Garfield was interesting

He claims that when he signed on to make the movie. He thought that is was Joel Coen from the Coen Brothers. Boy was he wrong.
He claims that when he signed on to make the movie. He thought that is was Joel Coen from the Coen Brothers. Boy was he wrong.
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11:07PM on 07/19/2010

Extra Tidbit

My household is the exact same way. Christmas Vacation and Scrooged every year.
My household is the exact same way. Christmas Vacation and Scrooged every year.
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9:49PM on 07/19/2010

He's right

About Kung Fu Hustle- he nailed it on the head- that movie BLEW my small mind when I saw it. The sheer creativity of it is still unparallelled
About Kung Fu Hustle- he nailed it on the head- that movie BLEW my small mind when I saw it. The sheer creativity of it is still unparallelled
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8:18PM on 07/19/2010
a 3rd one would be nice but only done correctly, and to do it correctly, time and careful planning would definitly be needed. theres so many movies that have destroyed themselfs i'd really hate to see ghostbusters go the same way. i did however quite like the videogame they released{PS3} ( although it was a little too short) and if they did do another videogame like that(but longer), i would look forward to playing it.
a 3rd one would be nice but only done correctly, and to do it correctly, time and careful planning would definitly be needed. theres so many movies that have destroyed themselfs i'd really hate to see ghostbusters go the same way. i did however quite like the videogame they released{PS3} ( although it was a little too short) and if they did do another videogame like that(but longer), i would look forward to playing it.
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7:45PM on 07/19/2010
The movie would have been just as excellent with Murray or Belushi. They're both wonderful comedic actors who could have rocked the part.

I'm not interested in this upcoming (?) remake/reboot/sequel.
The movie would have been just as excellent with Murray or Belushi. They're both wonderful comedic actors who could have rocked the part.

I'm not interested in this upcoming (?) remake/reboot/sequel.
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7:41PM on 07/19/2010
I think the closest thing that we are going to get to a 3rd Ghostbusters movie is the scene in Zombieland when Murray is re-enacting the scene.
I think the closest thing that we are going to get to a 3rd Ghostbusters movie is the scene in Zombieland when Murray is re-enacting the scene.
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7:40PM on 07/19/2010
Good interview. It seems that Murray is the only one who really knows what's going on. Yeah, Year One sucked, so I am behind Murray 110% if he thinks that a 3rd Ghostbuster movie is not a good idea based off the people working on the project. Murray is a smart guy and picks good movies, so I think him not doing a 3rd Ghostbusters movie is a good idea.
Good interview. It seems that Murray is the only one who really knows what's going on. Yeah, Year One sucked, so I am behind Murray 110% if he thinks that a 3rd Ghostbuster movie is not a good idea based off the people working on the project. Murray is a smart guy and picks good movies, so I think him not doing a 3rd Ghostbusters movie is a good idea.
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6:33PM on 07/19/2010
I find that Bill comes off as a douche in interviews, but I thought he came off rather well.
I find that Bill comes off as a douche in interviews, but I thought he came off rather well.
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6:01PM on 07/19/2010
Love Bill Murray, would love a GB3. But it most likely won't be happening unless its a remake in a few years.
Love Bill Murray, would love a GB3. But it most likely won't be happening unless its a remake in a few years.
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5:39PM on 07/19/2010
Do you think Bill Murray had sex with Scarlett Johansson at any time during the filming of Lost in Translation?
Do you think Bill Murray had sex with Scarlett Johansson at any time during the filming of Lost in Translation?
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5:28PM on 07/19/2010
I kinda got lost with his comments on Kung Fu Hustle, was he praising it or mocking it?

I kinda got lost with his comments on Kung Fu Hustle, was he praising it or mocking it?

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11:41PM on 07/19/2010
Uhh really? He basically said American Comedy died when That movie came out. He obviously loved it..
Uhh really? He basically said American Comedy died when That movie came out. He obviously loved it..
5:25PM on 07/19/2010
G3 is not going to happen. Things just don't seem to be lining up right for this film to be made right now. I mean, Ghostbusters 2 was a huge disappointment, the recent video game was pretty cool, but do we really need second sequel? Sorry I've been kinda pessimistic about this project from the start. Perhaps Murray was right all along.
G3 is not going to happen. Things just don't seem to be lining up right for this film to be made right now. I mean, Ghostbusters 2 was a huge disappointment, the recent video game was pretty cool, but do we really need second sequel? Sorry I've been kinda pessimistic about this project from the start. Perhaps Murray was right all along.
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5:10PM on 07/19/2010
Bill Murray is a legend. I used to blame him for all his trashtalking about Ghosbusters 3, but now I'm 200% behind him. The more he talks about it, the more it makes sense that this project is doomed to being excrements... in 3D please.

Anyway, I support him. If he feels Ghostbusters 3 is a load of shit, then let it be.
Bill Murray is a legend. I used to blame him for all his trashtalking about Ghosbusters 3, but now I'm 200% behind him. The more he talks about it, the more it makes sense that this project is doomed to being excrements... in 3D please.

Anyway, I support him. If he feels Ghostbusters 3 is a load of shit, then let it be.
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5:04PM on 07/19/2010

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5:00PM on 07/19/2010

Bill Murray's got great taste

I'm amazed Hollywood hasn't embraced the genius that is Stephen Chow.
I'm amazed Hollywood hasn't embraced the genius that is Stephen Chow.
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4:58PM on 07/19/2010

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Love BM (and it ain't Bob Marley...) !
Love BM (and it ain't Bob Marley...) !
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11:40AM on 07/20/2010
Bowel movements are the best.
Bowel movements are the best.
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