Bill Murray reveals he was convinced into doing ‘Ghostbusters’ sequel under ‘false pretenses’

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"Who you gonna call?" It almost wasn't Bill Murray.

In news that may shock “Ghostbusters” fans, the 70-year-old actor revealed that he was reluctant to make a sequel to the beloved 1984 comedy.

The actor, who famously played Dr. Peter Venkman, made the revelation during a virtual live panel discussion at the 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival where he was being honored with the Maltin Modern Master Award.

"I was very, very reluctant to do it. I was in absolutely no hurry. I probably thought that the only reason anyone would want another one was just to make money. And I was probably the most reluctant," the Academy Award-nominated actor explained of "Ghostbusters II," according to Collider.

Murray starred opposite Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and the late Harold Ramis in the films.

He recalled being “outfoxed” by someone involved with the sequel to accept a meeting about it.

"I don’t know if [director 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," he said.

"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,’” he recalled.

However, by the time the cast showed up on set, the idea for the sequel changed drastically.

"It ended up not being the story they wrote. They got us in the sequel under false pretenses. Harold [Ramis] 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?'" Murray explained, adding, "But we were already shooting it, so we had to figure out how to make it work."

While Murray didn’t hide the fact that he's a bigger fan of the first film, he had nothing but love for the sequel.

Murray even went on to reprise his role in the 2016 female-led reboot starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

And fans of the franchise will also see him in the highly-anticipated third film, "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," which was written by the original movie’s creator's son.

The family at the center of the film, which Sony postponed to premiere in the fall of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, learn of supernatural happenings in town after moving into their late grandfather’s creepy house. The trailer immediately confirmed fan suspicions that the family is related to original Ghostbuster, Egon Spengler, played by Ramis, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 69.

Murray revealed his excitement for the upcoming film, stating: "I think he’s really got something. It was hard. It was really hard. That’s why I think it’s gonna be good. We were just in it for a little while, but it was physically painful," he said.

But he wasn't a fan of getting back into the iconic getup, stating: "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."

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