Bill Murray is set to make an appearance in the forthcoming Ghostbusters reboot starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. The decision came as a major shock to fans, as Murray had long expressed his disinterest in participating in any sequels, previously citing the passing of original Ghostbuster Harold Ramis in 2014 and problems with the storyline as reasons.
So what finally lured the actor out of hiding and onto Paul Feig’s set? Apparently we can thank the film’s outstanding actresses for convincing Murray to make a cameo. According to a new interview with Vulture, the casting of Wiig and McCarthy (who Murray described as “a great hope”) is what finally “changed his mind.”
“I like those girls a lot,” Murray explained. “I mean, I really do. They are tough to say no to. And Paul is a real nice fellow.” He added, “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.”
If he does happen to overshadow Wiig & co., he won’t be doing it as Dr. Peter Venkman; instead, Vulture reports Murray will “appear as a character out to debunk the new Ghostbusters crew.” Despite the somewhat smaller role, the actor mulled over the decision to join the project for quite a long time.
“I thought about it for a very long time,” he explained. “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].”
Ghostbusters is set to open on July 15th, 2016. The cast also includes Chris Hemsworth as the team’s receptionist, Andy Garcia as New York City’s Mayor, and Neil Casey as the main villain, along with Matt Walsh, Michael K. Williams, and Cecily Strong. Dan Akroyd is also confirmed to have a cameo.