Hollywood star Bill Murray says he was unwilling to make another “Ghostbusters” movie, but was tricked into acting in its sequel. ‘Ghostbusters’, a 1984 classic comedy about three eccentric parapsychologists starting a ghost-catching job in New York City, stars Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis.
To Murray and members of the cast, the studio presented an idea that never materialized later in 1989, the actor said during a panel at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Collider reported.
“I thought the only reason someone would want another was to just make money. And I was probably the most inclined. Someone outdid me anyway.
“I don’t know if Ivan (Reitman, the director) set it up, but they put us all back in the room together, and really, we haven’t been in the room together since the movie came out and it was real, it was a lot of fun to be together. We were really fun together … They brought us all together and told a story that was really great. I thought, ‘Holy cow, we could do it,’ “Murray recalled.
Based on that tone, Murray agreed to star in the film, but the sequel was vastly different from the story they were initially given.
“In the end it wasn’t the story they wrote. They got us under a false pretext below. Harold (Ramis, Murray’s colleague) had a great idea, but while we were filming it, I showed up got up on set and said, ‘What is that the hell? What is this? “But we had already filmed it, so we had to figure out how to do it.”
Murray’s experience of working on the film remained in his memory as it marked his reunion with his teammates, but the actor is not a fan of the sequel. Murray is now ready to star in the new film “Ghostbusters,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” directed by Jason Reitman. The film is set to be released on November 11th.
“We were in it for a while, but it was physically painful,” Murray said, explaining that wearing ghost-destroying equipment is “extremely uncomfortable,” although now “they have batteries the size of earrings.”
“It’s still always a hard thing to wear, all the time. The special effects in this one are a lot of wind and dirt in the face, and there were a lot of descents and ascents. I was like, ‘What is this?’ What am I doing? These are like Bulgarian dead lifts or Russian kettlebells, as I get up and get off with this thing on my back. It was very embarrassing. ”