Ghostbusters Director Explains Why Bill Murray Agreed To Cameo In The Film

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No matter how many scripts were written over the many years, Bill Murray wanted no part of Ghostbusters 3. However, the 65-year-old actor didn't hesitate to appear in Sony's all-female remake/reboot, when director/co-writer Paul Feig came knocking. Why is that?

“One of the reasons he did it, I think he liked the role we wrote for him,” Feig told Yahoo Movies. “But he also just likes these actors, and just wanted to be a part of it. And he didn’t want to give any stamp of disapproval by not coming on board.”

When Bill Murray walked onto the set, Feig realized how big a deal it was to have the legendary comedian in his film. "It was really nerve-wracking, and special,” he said.

And for at least one take, Murray showed off his well-known improvisational skills. “As he was doing this role we wrote, he did this one take in particular where like, in Meatballs, where he just bursts out with some big thing," Feig recalled. “It wasn’t scripted. That’s when you’re like, 'Oh my God, wow, Bill Murray’s here. This is Bill Murray from Stripes.”

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Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This summer, they’re here to save the world!

Ghostbusters is due in theaters July 15, 2016.