We all thought that Bill Murray was done with Ghostbusters because… well… he basically told us as much. After the successful sequel of 1989, Murray made it pretty clear that he wasn’t interested in playing his famous role, as Peter Venkman, again.
However, fans were stoked when news broke, a few weeks ago, that Murray had changed his mind and would be making a cameo in Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters reboot! There are rumors that, instead of playing Venkman, Murray will be a character out to expose the new Ghostbusters team, played by Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.
So, what made Murray change his mind?!
We know that Murray and McCarthy worked together (and were AMAZING) when they co-starred in the film, St. Vincent. (*If you haven’t seen it, GO RIGHT NOW! Find it and watch it! It’s incredible!*) So, it’s my personal opinion (with absolutely no evidence to back it up) that McCarthy must have worked her charms on Murray! She is one of the most adorable, fabulous women ever so it makes sense to me.
But, moving right along, Vulture.com caught up with Murray last weekend at a screening of his new film, Rock the Kasbah, where they asked him about why he finally decided to do a Ghostbusters cameo:
“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.”
Vulture then asked why Murray had, for such a long time, stated that he wasn’t at all interested in a Ghostbusters sequel or reboot:
“That’s true, I wasn’t,” Murray admitted. “I like [Wiig and McCarthy] a lot. I mean, I really do. They are tough to say no to. And Paul is a real nice fellow.”
Murray went on, “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].”
Finally, and off-topic but who cares, Vulture asked Murray about working with Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence got a lot of excited attention when she said that, after running into each other at Comic-Con, she and Murray decided that they would like to work together. “That would be great,” said Murray. “I really like her. I mean, I only know her a little bit, but I’d love to work with her.”
Vulture asked for more details. Murray grinned: “I can’t say just yet.”