So we revealed a while back that Bill Murray, despite protesting against the third Ghostbusters movie for around a dacade, had filmed a cameo for Paul Feig’s reboot. And, well, we weren’t over the moon about it (here).
We didn’t think it was the right thing to do, given that he was, for all intents and purposes, the reason Ghostbusters III didn’t happen. And then, in what we felt was a fingers up to the fans of the Reitman movies, he went and filmed a cameo for the reboot.
We have no problem with him being in the movie, heck, Dan Aykroyd is in it and we’re ok with it, it’s just because Murray dashed our dreams so many times over the years but we always lived in hope that one day he’d be back as Venkman… he even put the costume on at the Spike Awards a few years ago (above) which sent us into a frenzy.
But alas, despite this, and his teasing that he was starting to feel like Ghostbusters was a part of his life again, he still refused to play Peter Venkman.
And then he filmed the reboot cameo. We stick by our guns, it wasn’t a nice thing to do.
Anyway, he’s opened up about why he came back to the franchise but only in the reboot version with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones: “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 [them] or anything, and I feel really good about it.”
Was Aykroyd, Ramis, Hudson, Reitman not nice to ask him? Did he not enjoy being around them too? Would GBIII not have been a success? Would you have overshadowed the original team? We’re not buying it, Bill.
“I like those girls a lot,” he added, “I mean, I really do. They are tough to say no to. And Paul is a real nice fellow.” Tougher than your friends and the legion of fans? Apparently so…
He continues: “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].”
Wut? Look, I love Bill Murray, seriously, we all do at FTN, we just can’t really get our heads around him filming for this movie when he refused for years to put the proton pack on one more time for the millions of fans who wanted to see Venkman return.
We’ve made our peace with the GB Reboot, we honestly have. But we don’t have to like it all…