Bill Murray Says He Was Tricked into 'Ghostbusters II' and Joined "Under False Pretenses"

"It ended up not being the story they wrote"

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Apr 5, 2021

At this point, we've had more than few Ghostbusters sequels, but none has ever managed to reach the same levels as the 1984 original. And that even goes for the 1989 follow-up Ghostbusters II — a sequel star Bill Murray has now said he agreed to "under false pretenses."

Murray opened up about his Ghostbusters past during a recent panel at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Collider reports. Of doing a sequel to Ghostbusters, Murray said he was "very, very reluctant" and "in absolutely no hurry." But he didn't stop things there.

"I thought that the only reason anyone would want another one was just to make money," Murray said. "And I was probably the most reluctant. Someone outfoxed me anyway. I don't know if Ivan [Reitman] set it up, but they got us all back together in a room, and really, we hadn't been together in a room since the movie came out and it was just really, really fun to be together. We were really funny together.

"Those are some really wonderful, really funny guys and girls. Sigourney [Weaver] and Annie Potts are some really spectacular women and funny as hell. They got us all together and they pitched a story idea that was really great. I thought, 'Holy cow, we could make that work.""

Murray went on to explain that he agreed to star in Ghostbusters II based on that pitch media with director Ivan Reitman and writer Harold Ramis. But as soon as work began on the second film, Murray quickly realized it wasn't the gig he had initially signed up for.

"It ended up not being the story they wrote. They got us in the sequel under false pretenses," Murray said. "Harold had this great idea, but by the time we got to shooting it, I showed up on set and went, 'What the hell is this? What is this thing?' But we were already shooting it, so we had to figure out how to make it work."

Still, since this is Bill Murray we're talking about here, he has no real ill feelings towards how Ghostbusters II turned out, but, as he put it, "I probably like the first one better than the second one, just because the first cut is the deepest."

As previously reported, Murray is set to appear in another Ghostbusters sequel, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which is being directed by Jason Reitman and currently slated with a November 11 release date.

Of the upcoming film, Murray said, "We were just in it for a little while, but it was physically painful. Wearing those packs is extremely uncomfortable.

"We had batteries the size of batteries. They now have batteries the size of earrings. It's still a really heavy thing to wear, all the time. The special effects in this one are a lot of wind and dirt in your face, and there was a lot of going down and getting back up. I was like, 'What is this? What am I doing? These are like Bulgarian deadlifts, or a Russian kettlebell, getting up and down with this thing on my back.' It was very uncomfortable."

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