Bill Murray Talks About His Ghostbusters Cameo

Bill Murray talks about why he did a Ghostbusters cameo in the reboot

Fans were ecstatic to learn that longtime holdout Bill Murray had finally relented and agreed to a Ghostbusters cameo in Paul Feig’s upcoming reboot. He already shot the cameo in Boston and is rumored to be playing, in a reversal on Peter Venkman, a ghost debunker. Murray spoke to Vulture about what made him finally step back into this world, albeit in a small role as a different character.

“I thought about it for a very long time,” Murray 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].”

Murray admitted that he never wanted to strap the proton pack back on, but that he was charmed by the director and his new cast of female paranormal eliminators, including Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, who he refers to as “a great hope.”

“You know, they were incredibly nice to ask me, and I really enjoyed being there,” Murray said. “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. 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.”

The Ghostbusters reboot stars Kristen Wiig as “Erin Gilbert,” Kate McKinnon as “Jillian Holtzmann,” Melissa McCarthy as “Abby Yates” and Leslie Jones as “Patty Tolan.” The film will also feature Andy Garcia as the Mayor of New York City, Michael K. Williams as a character named “Hawkins,” Matt Walsh as a character named “Rourke,” Chris Hemsworth as the Ghostbusters’ secretary, and Neil Casey as the film’s villain. Original star/co-creator Dan Aykroyd will have a cameo in the film as well.

Directed by Feig from a script he co-wrote with Katie Dippold, Ghostbusters is currently filming for a July 15, 2016 release, a week earlier than was previously announced.

Are you looking forward to seeing Bill Murray’s Ghostbusters cameo?