Bill Murray on why he did a 'Ghostbusters 3' cameo
Bill Murray. (Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com)
Bill Murray finally agreed to return to the Ghostbusters franchise after speaking with Melissa Mccarthy and Kristen Wiig, the stars of the much-anticipated reboot.
The veteran actor played Dr. Peter Venkman in the 1984 film and its sequel but made it clear throughout the years he was not interested in reprising the role for a third film.
However, in early August, Murray was spotted in Boston, Massachusetts where the new all-girl Ghostbusters movie has been filming all summer, sparking speculation he had had a change of heart.
And in an interview with Vulture, he confirmed he would be making a cameo in the much-anticipated movie, thanks to lengthy chats with director Paul Feig, Wiig, and his St. Vincent co-star, McCarthy.
Murray said, "You know, they were incredibly nice to ask me, and I really enjoyed being there... 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 continued, "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... 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, which also features comediennes Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones and Murray's old castmate Dan Aykroyd, is slated to hit cinemas in July, 2016.