While not everyone has been a fan of the ‘Ghostbusters‘ reboot by Paul Feig, original franchise star Bill Murray was happy to make a cameo. In fact, unless he hated the film, it feels like he’d be willing to return for a cameo in a sequel if one were to ever happen. Of course, we know that a third film from the original “Ghostbusters” is in development by Ivan Reitman’s son Jason and Murray is expected to reprise his role there, but with the mixed reviews and the box office results, from the rebooted all female ‘Ghostbusters’ film, it feels unlikely that a sequel to the reboot could even happen at this point.
As to why Murray was perfectly happy to appear in the film, it was because of his friendship with co-stars Kate McKinnon and Melissa McCarthy that help make his decision:
“I was in that movie just because they asked me, and I knew if I said no, I was saying I didn’t support that movie. I felt like, OK, I’m going to support them because I support them as people. So I did that one, and I would do this next one.”
Obviously “this next one” refers to Jason Reitman‘s upcoming ‘GB20’ but with his support for the franchise in mind, it feels that he’d be open for either movie. This is an unexpected change after the actor has been so against another “Ghostbusters” film for years. However, he stresses that “the relationship you have with those people as collaborators is not necessarily the relationship I have with Sony.” This makes it clear that it is Sony that he has had a beef with and none of his fellow castmates which include Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts. In fact, he calls them “some of the coolest people” that he has worked with:
“They’re wonderful people. Danny [Ackroyd], Ernie [Hudson], Harold [Ramis], Rick Moranis, Annie Potts — they’re some of the coolest people and they had real careers. They treat people well. They really understand what it is to be a movie actor. It’s a complete collaboration.”
Murray went on about his thoughts with Sony sharing:
“For years, they said, ‘We can’t make another Ghostbusters because Bill Murray won’t change the deal he made in 1984.’ Well, no, I never did. And you know what? They made the movie. You’re the new guys, I’m the old guy. It was good enough for the other people, so it’s going to have to be good enough for you.”
When the Sony hack had gone down, there were leaked e-mails sharing the company had thought about “aggressive’ litigation” against the actor as he had “decline[d] to engage on Ghostbusters.”
Thankfully, that seems to now be water under the bridge.
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Source: Indie Wire