Maybe it was timing or maybe it was just time. For as long as we can remember, let’s call it 1989, there have been talks, discussions, scripts, rewrites, new scripts, more discussions and even more rumors about a third installment of the Ghostbusters franchise. And in all of those talks and discussions there was one constant, no Bill Murray. In fact, every time he was asked about it, he seemed to get less and less interested and more frustrated than anything. So why the cameo in Paul Feig’s upcoming reboot? What changed? Here’s what Murray had to say himself in an interview with Vulture. “You know, they were incredibly nice to ask me, and I really enjoyed being there. 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.. 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.” Maybe it’s the ties to Saturday Night Live? Maybe Melissa McCarthy was able to convince him. They did star together in the off-beat dramedy St. Vincent last year. Or maybe it was simply just time.
Murray went on to say, “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].” One thing we do know about Murray’s cameo is that he will not be reprising his role as ladies man Peter Venkman. This is a reboot after all. So it will be interesting to see what involvement his role will have in the end. One thing we can all be sure of is that we are glad he’s back, no matter how small his appearance will be.