Bill Murray hasn't exactly given a ringing endorsement to the Ghostbusters sequel coming out later this year. In a new interview, the 70-year-old actor explained that he was "outfoxed" into doing Ghostbusters: Afterlife and had to "make it work" after committing to the project "under false pretences."
Bill Murray tricked into filming Ghostbusters sequel
This month, Leonard Maltin was talking Ghostbusters with Murray, who described himself as "very, very reluctant to do" the 2021 sequel—which ultimately did secure appearances by Murray and four other original Ghostbusters actors.
"Someone outfoxed me anyway," Murray said of his joining the film. He explained: "They got [the cast] 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."
He continued, "They pitched some sort of a story idea that was really great, and I thought, 'Holy cow, we could make that work.'" But when it came time to shoot the sequel, Murray said, "It ended up not being the story they wrote."
Murray added, "They got us into the sequel under false pretences. Harold [Ramis] had this great idea, but by the time we got to shooting [...] I showed up on set and went, 'What the hell is this? What is this thing?' But we were already shooting it. We had to figure out how to make it work."
New Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie has 2021 release date
Despite his misgivings about the script, Murray said it "was great" to be together with the stars and his former castmates. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is set for a November 2021 release and features actors new to the franchise including Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things and Paul Rudd.
Murray's comments come after original "Ghostbuster" Dan Akroyd previously spoke fondly of the sequel and promised that late co-star Harold Ramis is "very honourably represented" in it.