“There’s a lot on the plate”
Bill Murray appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night (Wednesday) with the cast of the new Ghostbusters film, talking about why he was willing to be a part of the reboot after so many years of opposing it happening.
The director of the new Ghostbusters film, Paul Feig, previously revealed in March that original ‘buster Murray, who led an all-star cast in the franchise’s original two films alongside the likes of Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts and Sigourney Weaver, would make a cameo appearance in the reboot.
Speaking to Kimmel about why he agreed to be a part of the new film, Murray, talking about the all-female cast of Kirsten Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, said, “It was only because I knew these girls were funny.
“I thought about it for a very long time. I was seriously thinking about this for years. 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 thinking there was some sort of disapproval [on my part].”
Murray went on to tell Kimmel that he has seen the new Ghostbusters. Giving it his seal of approval, he said, “When you see the film, and you’ll delight in [it], it sort of rumbles along in the beginning. You’re going, ‘Oh God, are they going to pull this thing off?’
“There’s a lot on the plate – there’s a lot of expectation. [But] Danny and I, and Annie and Ernie, were just screaming, cheering like we were at a sporting event at the end of it.”
Murray’s praise is more than can be said for the new Ghostbusters’ trailer, which became the most disliked in YouTube history last month (May), clocking over 29.2m views and picking up over 604,000 down-votes in that time. Ghostbusters star McCarthy did speak out shortly after though, saying the trailer was “confusing”.