After what seemed like nearly three-decades of cruelly taunting Dan Aykroyd about appearing in “Ghostbusters 3” and then saying he won’t — year after excruciating year, Bill Murray agreed to be in the new “Ghostbusters” reboot in an unknown role.
Murray was the lone holdout for years in the development of a third “Ghostbusters” film, with ideas at various points having his character, Peter Venkman, die and appear as a ghost — only to turn down the various concepts. Probably because he was too busy crashing random parties, calling St. Louis Cardinals fans “Satan’s messengers on earth” and stealing French fries from people at Wendy’s like a mysterious being straight out of “The X-Files.” Or attending an awards show dressed like a Ghostbuster, just because he can.
In an interview with Vulture, Murray said he agreed to appear in the film because he respected the women cast members of the reboot, especially Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig. “I like those girls a lot,” he told Vulture. “I mean, I really do. They are tough to say no to. And [director] Paul [Feig] is a real nice fellow.”
He also hinted that returning to the franchise was not an easy decision. “I thought about it for a very long time,” he said. “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].”
The character he plays is rumored to be someone who is out to debunk the Ghostbusters, kind of like that EPA goon from the first film.