Whenever a reboot or remake happens, sometimes the original stars appear in some sort of cameo as a nod to its fans. In Paul Feig‘s new vision of Ghostbusters starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, a few of the surviving members of the original film are coming back in a cameo capacity. Dan Aykroyd was the first to be announced, followed by a surprising confirmation of Bill Murray’s participation. Murray was the last person anyone would have thought to have joined this film, mostly because he didn’t want to concede to do a Ghostbusters 3.
Now he is revealing why he decided to be in the new Ghostbusters. Check out his explanation here below.
In an interview with Vulture, Murray admits that he didn’t want to put on the proton pack for a third time, but said it was the talent who convinced him he should be a part of the film. He specifically names Wiig and McCarthy, the latter with whom he costarred in the comedy St. Vincent.
Just a week following Melissa McCarthy’s Instagram post about how vital females are to a project of this size, Murray talked about how he was hesistant to be in the reboot because he thought his appearance would take away from the true stars of the film, the new Ghostbusters. But then he thought his absence in the film would ultimately hurt it. Here’s his explanation:
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].
He reinforces the idea of not overshadowing the incredibly hilarious cast,
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.
Ghostbusters also stars Neill Casey and Chris Hemsworth.
Written by Katie Dippold, Ghostbusters will be leaning towards a more scarier tone, according to Feig. The film is currently shooting, and is scheduled for a July 15, 2016 theatrical release.