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