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Bill Murray opens up on why he decided to cameo in Paul Feig's Ghostbusters

08.31.2015

It's no secret that one of the major reasons why we never saw a GHOSTBUSTERS 3 is that Bill Murray wasn't keen on it. Hard to blame the guy, considering that the second film didn't live up to the first, but when you think about it, how do you follow up a classic? In any event, Murray was spotted in Boston visiting the set of Paul Feig's GHOSTBUSTERS, so it didn't take long to put two and two together. However, if Murray was so reluctant to return to the franchise, why cameo now? The man himself has answered that very question!

Bill Murray on filming his cameo for Paul Feig's GHOSTBUSTERS:

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.

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].

It's hard to oppose a cameo like this when Bill Murray took part in one of the greatest cameos of all time involving GHOSTBUSTERS (ZOMBIELAND, of course), but bringing each member back almost seems like it would be a little distracting. Obviously it's hard to comment without seeing the final product, but if Feig wants to do his own thing, it would just seem easier to leave the original team behind, especially if this takes place in a different universe. Cameo or not, it doesn't sound like this movie can "win" either way.

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12:28PM on 09/01/2015
What a load of BS. He just did this to spite Akroyd and Ramis. Plus he probably realized that this would be his last chance to do anything ghostbusters related and probably even regrets not doing the REAL sequel.
What a load of BS. He just did this to spite Akroyd and Ramis. Plus he probably realized that this would be his last chance to do anything ghostbusters related and probably even regrets not doing the REAL sequel.
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3:13AM on 09/01/2015
As far as I am concerned Murray's cameo for Ghostbusters IS IN Zombieland!
As far as I am concerned Murray's cameo for Ghostbusters IS IN Zombieland!
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10:51PM on 08/31/2015
To think that he said Yes to this instead of the would-be Ghostbusters 3 when the late Harold Ramis was around, the paycheck must be huge with lots of zero.
To think that he said Yes to this instead of the would-be Ghostbusters 3 when the late Harold Ramis was around, the paycheck must be huge with lots of zero.
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10:10PM on 08/31/2015

The 2009 Ghostbusters Game. Seriously.

No, it's not film, but it pretty much IS Ghostbusters III. Those who've played it understand this. Bill, Dan, the WHOLE gang is present, as well on the writing side. It brings back what's best about the first two films, then melds them into an original story. SO. MUCH. FUN. Of course I want a perfect GB III on the silver screen, but I've always come to terms that it may not happen, and that the game is such a wonderful substitute. I read that Bill doesn't even have an agent, HE decides what
No, it's not film, but it pretty much IS Ghostbusters III. Those who've played it understand this. Bill, Dan, the WHOLE gang is present, as well on the writing side. It brings back what's best about the first two films, then melds them into an original story. SO. MUCH. FUN. Of course I want a perfect GB III on the silver screen, but I've always come to terms that it may not happen, and that the game is such a wonderful substitute. I read that Bill doesn't even have an agent, HE decides what projects he wants to do. I think this new one looks like a lot of fun and regardless, doesn't take away from the beauty of the first two installments.
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9:22AM on 09/01/2015
Agreed. This needs to be brought up every time this discussion arises. I beat that game and had a blast the whole way through. You were literally playing the third movie, and honestly I wish I could've just watched with a bucket of popcorn instead of being concerned with missions.
Agreed. This needs to be brought up every time this discussion arises. I beat that game and had a blast the whole way through. You were literally playing the third movie, and honestly I wish I could've just watched with a bucket of popcorn instead of being concerned with missions.
9:38AM on 09/01/2015
That really was a fun game and it did feel like Ghostbusters sequel. I watched the walkthroughs on Youtube like watching a movie a couple of years ago. It's that good.
That really was a fun game and it did feel like Ghostbusters sequel. I watched the walkthroughs on Youtube like watching a movie a couple of years ago. It's that good.
5:58PM on 09/01/2015
It was a fun game, but it was just a game that has already been forgotten. I supported it hoping it would make Ghostbusters 3 happen.
It was a fun game, but it was just a game that has already been forgotten. I supported it hoping it would make Ghostbusters 3 happen.
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7:30PM on 08/31/2015
Just a question, but am I the only one who really likes Ghostbusters 2? I know it's not as good as the first, but I still love it and it's in my top 5 comedy sequels.
Just a question, but am I the only one who really likes Ghostbusters 2? I know it's not as good as the first, but I still love it and it's in my top 5 comedy sequels.
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10:50PM on 08/31/2015
I do like Ghostbusters 2 and don't understand the hate either. It's still good fun.
I do like Ghostbusters 2 and don't understand the hate either. It's still good fun.
3:03AM on 09/01/2015
Nope, you are not alone. I find the guys just as funny in it as the first, especially love the scene where Venkman is taking pictures of Viggo's painting. "I've had better, but not many"
Nope, you are not alone. I find the guys just as funny in it as the first, especially love the scene where Venkman is taking pictures of Viggo's painting. "I've had better, but not many"
3:24AM on 09/01/2015
I really love the part in the courtroom when they are about to bust the Scoleri Brothers' ghosts. Then Peter said "Doe (hopefully I spell it right)", Ray said "Ray" and Egon just said "Egon" and Peter just stared at him. Priceless.
I really love the part in the courtroom when they are about to bust the Scoleri Brothers' ghosts. Then Peter said "Doe (hopefully I spell it right)", Ray said "Ray" and Egon just said "Egon" and Peter just stared at him. Priceless.
9:25AM on 09/01/2015
You are not alone my friend. Just as good (if not better than) the first.

Favorite quotable line is when Yanush walks up to a student and says "every thing you are doing is bad...I want you to know this"
You are not alone my friend. Just as good (if not better than) the first.

Favorite quotable line is when Yanush walks up to a student and says "every thing you are doing is bad...I want you to know this"
11:29AM on 09/01/2015
I'm a pretty big fan as well. What's not to like?
I'm a pretty big fan as well. What's not to like?
6:47PM on 08/31/2015

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Murray, you really let me down man. Waited 25 years for you to pack up again. Instead we get this. Go get 'em slugger.
Murray, you really let me down man. Waited 25 years for you to pack up again. Instead we get this. Go get 'em slugger.
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6:37PM on 08/31/2015
I think what he was trying to say was, "I looked at the numbers on the paycheck that they wanted to give me and I thought, can't be any worse than Garfield, right?"
I think what he was trying to say was, "I looked at the numbers on the paycheck that they wanted to give me and I thought, can't be any worse than Garfield, right?"
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9:28PM on 08/31/2015
If he only cared about the paycheck, he would have done GB3.
If he only cared about the paycheck, he would have done GB3.
1:25AM on 09/01/2015
Maybe that's exactly why he didn't want to be in Ghostbusters 3. Perhaps he thought, why should I be running around with a proton pack at my age in a 90 minute movie when I could just pop in for a day and they give me lots more money than I deserve to get? Remember that he did say that he'd only want to be in Ghostbusters 3 if he's playing Venkman's ghost.
Maybe that's exactly why he didn't want to be in Ghostbusters 3. Perhaps he thought, why should I be running around with a proton pack at my age in a 90 minute movie when I could just pop in for a day and they give me lots more money than I deserve to get? Remember that he did say that he'd only want to be in Ghostbusters 3 if he's playing Venkman's ghost.
5:36PM on 08/31/2015
He could say it was a dying boy's final wish and Bill will still be dead to me
He could say it was a dying boy's final wish and Bill will still be dead to me
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5:26PM on 08/31/2015
I have the most respect for Bill Murray, but disappointed that he said yes to this, but no to Ramis for Ghostbusters 3.
I have the most respect for Bill Murray, but disappointed that he said yes to this, but no to Ramis for Ghostbusters 3.
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4:13PM on 08/31/2015
So he really likes and respects Paul Feig and the cast, yadayada...What about the respect to Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis (who was one of the main People responsible for his success)? Such a prick!
So he really likes and respects Paul Feig and the cast, yadayada...What about the respect to Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis (who was one of the main People responsible for his success)? Such a prick!
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3:16PM on 08/31/2015

Don't care

No thanks.
No thanks.
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2:44PM on 08/31/2015
Bill Murray is the main reason we never got a Ghostbusters 3. Why would I care about his paid endorsement of a series he stopped caring about more than 25 years ago?
Bill Murray is the main reason we never got a Ghostbusters 3. Why would I care about his paid endorsement of a series he stopped caring about more than 25 years ago?
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2:34PM on 08/31/2015
I'm not a fan of this as much as the next person, but it would actually be comical if his cameo was as zombie Bill Murray.
I'm not a fan of this as much as the next person, but it would actually be comical if his cameo was as zombie Bill Murray.
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2:42PM on 08/31/2015
Better as a ghost.
Better as a ghost.
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1:46PM on 08/31/2015

Real Reason:

$$$
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2:34PM on 08/31/2015
Really?? I doubt old Bill needs the money
Really?? I doubt old Bill needs the money
2:53PM on 08/31/2015
You think greedy people do things for money because they need money?
You think greedy people do things for money because they need money?
3:11PM on 08/31/2015
He's got a history of doing favors because people asked him to. Maybe he got a stipend from it. That's not unreasonable.
He's got a history of doing favors because people asked him to. Maybe he got a stipend from it. That's not unreasonable.
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