GQ Magazine recently published a fantastic interview with the legendary Bill Murray. As ever, Bill is as open as it gets, speaking frankly about Ghostbusters 3, the lameness of Ron Howard and the genius of Kung Fu Hustle.
Here is an excerpt:
GQ Magazine Is the third Ghostbusters movie happening? What’s the story with that?
Bill Murry It’s all a bunch of crock. It’s a crock. There was a story—and I gotta be careful here, I don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings. When I hurt someone’s feelings, I really want to hurt them. [laughs] Harold Ramis said, Oh, I’ve got these guys, they write on The Office, and they’re really funny. They’re going to write the next Ghostbusters. And they had just written this movie that he had directed.
GQ Magazine Year One.
Bill Murry Year One. Well, I never went to see Year One, but people who did, including other Ghostbusters, said it was one of the worst things they had ever seen in their lives. So that dream just vaporized. That was gone. But it’s the studio that really wants this thing. It’s a franchise. It’s a franchise, and they made a whole lot of money on Ghostbusters.
GQ Magazine Oh, sure, I remember. The soundtrack. The lunchboxes. The action figures.
Bill Murry Right. And it’s still one of the biggest movies of all time. And ever since that story broke, everywhere I go people are like, “So are you gonna make that movie?” I was down in Austin at South by Southwest, and you go at it hard down there—fun but, man, you need to sleep for days afterwards. Anyhow, I got into it one night with a bunch of younger people who were like, Oh, I love Peter Venkman! I grew up with Peter Venkman! We got to talking, and the more we talked about it, the more I thought, Oh Christ, I should just do this thing.
GQ Magazine A generation awaits, for sure. You weren’t even supposed to play that role, right?
Bill Murry Yeah. Originally it was Belushi. Like a lot of my movies. [beat] God, John died, what was it, twenty-five years ago?
GQ Magazine It was ’82, right?
Bill Murry Yeah, I think it was ’82. I dunno. That part of life is getting fuzzy.
GQ Magazine I read that you wanted to play a ghost in the movie. That’s kind of brilliant.
Bill Murry Well, I hadn’t wanted to do the movie. They kept asking, and I kept saying no. So once upon a time I said, just joking: “If you kill me off in the first reel, then fine, I’ll do it.” And then supposedly they came up with an idea where they kill me off and I was a ghost in the movie. Kinda clever, really.
GQ Magazine But has the Zombieland cameo stolen that gag?
Bill Murry [genuinely confused] But that was a zombie. Not a ghost.
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