The Ghostbusters gang made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel last night to promote Paul Feig’s upcoming Ghostbusters reboot. And when we say the Ghostbusters gang, we’re talking about the whole damn crew, even the great Bill Murray.
And Bill Murray addressed his initial reluctance to see the film made. He’s a protective guy, and Ghostbusters serves as – no doubt – a high-water mark for the living legend, and sacred territory for many. It’s easy to understand why he may be leery. But he opened up and delivered some candid thoughts on the project.
When you see the film, and you’ll delight in the film, it sort of rumbles along in the beginning. You’re going, ‘Oh God, are they going to pull this thing off?’ I felt like a stepfather to the whole thing. There is no quit in these girls. This is a tough movie to pull off, because it’s a big concept. There’s a lot on the plate – there’s a lot of expectation.
Murray puts a lot of our concerns into well pieced together words. It seems he understands the backlash and concern from the consumers and moviegoers of the world. But he certainly isn’t bashing the film. In fact, it’s quite the opposite, those are some positive words from the man himself. And they didn’t stop there.
According to Murray, he, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts – all original Ghostbusters – were all “screaming, cheering like we were at a sporting event” by the time the film wrapped. That’s a big boost for this picture, as unlike Aykroyd, Murray doesn’t have a financial dog in the fight. He checked the film out as a former Ghostbuster himself, but more importantly, as a fan of the brand and film.
Things are slowly looking up for this flick.
Murray also discussed his longtime hesitation to see the film made.
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].
It looks like Paul Feig may be on the cusp of shocking the world, and forcing a lot of us to eat crow.
You can check out both Ghostbusters crews in the attached video!