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Is Bill Murray Softening On 'Ghostbusters 3'? Or Is He Just Being Polite?

by Edward Davis
April 15, 2012 12:27 PM
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We probably don't need to give you the history of "Ghostbusters 3" and Bill Murray's possible involvement, but here goes a quick recap: the original gang, director Ivan Reitman and writer/stars Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, have been trying to make a third installment of the "Ghostbusters" series for a few years now. But because of Murray's reluctance, likely precipitated by the lackluster execution of "Ghostbusters 2," pulling together a third film -- said to center on a new generation of younger ghostbusters -- hasn't been easy. Murray's responses over the years have generally boiled down to, "meh, do we really need another one?" and or more harsher assessments of the franchise's viability. 

Anyhow, in this recent interview with WGNTV when asked about the possibility of participating in a third "Ghostbusters" film, he answers with "well, it's a possibility." But Murray evades the question pretty quickly and then goes on to promote films that are already done and in the can, saving his highest praise for Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" which he calls one of "the funniest" things he's ever worked for (as for working on "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," he calls work with the lead Charlie Sheen a "piece of cake"). So is the actor just being polite or is "Ghostbusters 3" slowly inching forward with Bill Murray's (likely limited if it does happen) participation? Certainly some eager fans will find his words optimistic, but we'll believe it when we see it.

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  • Kevin | May 8, 2012 4:27 PMReply

    Bill Murray may be a drinkin', smokin', fool-genius, but I'd say he's a pretty exceptional guy. He thinks the world is ridiculous, and he has the guts to say it with a straight face--that's what gets the laughs. And he's so likeable in person that he gets people to go along with him. Well, the whole Murray clan is hilarious--all the brothers. They're very funny guys, and seeing them together you can see where maybe he got so sharp with riffing off other people.
    Sure, he's had a couple of divorces, and he's got a mean side. I'd rather have that in a person than some false fronted person who's very concerned with 'being healthy.' That's the bullshit that Murray pulls down all the time. Buuut...I would agree that it's possible that he has a bit of an drinking and pot problem. Don't think that makes him an alcoholic.

  • Patrick | April 17, 2012 4:26 PMReply

    Lets hope that Bill Murray isn't messing with the Fans or Dan Aykroyd. If I was Bill I would do the movie but I'm not Bill but if I was Bill I wouldn't complain I would do the movie. If Bill Murray has a change in heart to do a Ghostbusters 3 that's Awesome and if not then his loss because GB3 Will be made without Bill and a New Dr. Venkman Joining Ray,Winston and Egon. So Come on Bill Please Keep your word because you told Howard Stern in 2011 that you owe Ivan and it's GB3. You know Bill that Ivan wants to make GB3 and so does the Fans so if you have a change in heart Awesome Please do a GB3 because you Owe Ivan a Huge Favor and it's GB3 remember that GB3 Interview from Feb. in 2011 on The Howard Stern Show, of course you remember because I remember hearing it.

  • Psycho-analyzing | April 15, 2012 9:10 PMReply

    Bill Murray's behavior seems funny. Remember tho, you don't know the real Bill Murray. Yeah you might have met him and he seemed nice, but rememer he is a pot head drug addict and alcoholic who has been through at least two wives (one who he left for another, and that one who he abused), and many girl friends. I won't go in item by item, but remember what he said to a fan while filming Moonrise Kingdom. She said she loved him. He hollered she didn't know what love is. Bill Murray has some sort of a pent up anger in him and it's manifestation is that he for some reason, needs to hurt the people who love him. He can't abuse his wife anymore. Now, he's got you. His fans. He can lie to you, he can hurt you (dying, and not saying anything; just surprising people with really devestating bad news), and that satisfies his need to hurt. He can't beat Jennifer Butler Murray anymore, but he can hurt you. Don't fall for the GB bs. That's what it is.

  • To Psycho from D.L. | April 16, 2012 3:17 PM

    I've smoked pot a few times and don't do it anymore. I've done my homework in that respect and in that I've researched it. It's not physically addictive. If someone is psychologically addicted, as I take it your brother was, that isn't something you can blame entirely on pot. Video games have caused people to steal from their parents, too. And as for "pot is where it starts," are you implying Murray is on heroin or something? Then why call him a "pot head drug addict?" Now why don't you go back to re-reading Murray's ex-wife's divorce papers for the thousandth time, or whatever it is you do all day, and when you stumble across some *evidence* to back up your lunacy, feel free to tell us all about it. You'll look like a little bit less of a maniac. (Still, aren't there better things to obsess over?)

  • To D.L. from Psycho-Analyzing | April 16, 2012 2:31 PM

    Pot isn't addictive? Pot is where it starts. Pot is addictive. My brother was addicted to it. So much so, he started stealing money for it from my dad. That put a lot of strain in their relationship. That led to othe issues, and now they've spoken to eachother like twice in the past in 15 years. That's what pot did to my family. You haven't done your homework on drugs, or on Bill Murray. Guess it takes an abuser to defend one.

  • d.l. | April 15, 2012 9:22 PM

    Look at this psycho attempting to analyze. I laughed at this: "pot head drug addict." Pot isn't addictive, if you didn't know that. But the whole comment is gold, really. Are you the same obsessive who's frequented Bill Murray comment sections for the past two years trying to convince everyone Murray's dying? (What's taking him so long?) I like how the one example of him "hurting his fans" hasn't even happened yet and probably won't happen any time soon.

  • Kevin | April 15, 2012 7:08 PMReply

    Get the guy signed up for the next Garfield movie but when it comes to a sequel to Ghostbusters? Oh no, can barely be bothered.

  • 88 | April 15, 2012 7:11 PM

    Do you know how long it takes to voice an animated movie?

  • a | April 15, 2012 12:34 PMReply

    I agree with this: "meh, do we really need another one?"

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