Bill Murray Explains “Ghostbusters” Cameo

For many years, actor Bill Murray famously refused to participate in any further “Ghostbusters” film and his reluctance essentially was a big reason we never got a third film with the original cast.

So it came as a bit of a surprise when it was revealed that Murray would make a cameo in director Paul Feig’s female-centric reboot of the franchise. In a new interview with Vulture, Murray talked about why he changed his mind – namely the people involved and the small nature of his role:

“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 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 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.”

Chris Hemsworth, Michael Kenneth Williams, Andy Garcia, Cecily Strong, Matt Walsh, Nate Corddry, Neil Casey and Dan Aykroyd star in the film which opens July 15th.