Bill Murray gives blessing to Ghostbusters reboot

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Bill Murray says he filmed a cameo in the 'Ghostbusters' reboot because he wanted people to know that he approves of it.

Bill Murray filmed a cameo in the 'Ghostbusters' reboot because he wanted to give it his blessing.

The 64-year-old actor - who played Peter Venkman in 'Ghostbusters' and 'Ghostbusters II' - admitted he thought long and hard about working on director Paul Feig's new movie and took on a small role so that everyone would know he approved of it.

Speaking about the film, which stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, he explained to Vulture: "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].

"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."

Bill won't reprise the role of Peter in the new movie and is instead believed to be playing a medium who tries to discredit the work of the ghostbusters.

He added: "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."

Ghostbusters

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 116 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Paul Feig
  • Cast: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon
  • UK release: 11 July 2016

Physicist Erin (Wiig) finds herself teaming up with estranged high school pal Abby (McCarthy) and her eccentric engineer Jillian (McKinnon) in search of ghosts. Marred only by excessive reverence for the original, it's a spirited, funny and touching reboot which sticks two fingers up at sexist trolls.

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