by: Jay Carlson
A couple days ago Joel Murray, mentioned that his brother Bill would be shooting a scene for Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters the following day during a Chicago Cubs radio broadcast. It looks like that information is legitimate as Bill Murray has been spotted in town.
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After the Boston sightings and pics began making the rounds yesterday The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the obvious that Murray will indeed cameo in the upcoming remake.
We’ve reached out to sources for details on who exactly Murray is playing in the film.
Devin, over at B.M.D. has the hot tip that Murray will be playing a character named Martin Heis. “Martin Heiss is a professional supernatural debunker, a sort of an Amazing Randi type, who shows up and ‘proves’ the new Ghostbusters are fakes.”
I like this role for Murray, as I can see it playing to his strengths. B.M.D. says the role is a small part, so we can probably expect to see Murray about as much as we see Aykroyd. You’ll recall we exclusively revealed that Aykroyd would be appearing in Feig’s film and even provided detail on the part he’s playing. B.M.D. does point out that even though the role of Martin Heis was written specifically for Murray, things could change. I’m sure Feig and the studio would be willing to let him play any part so long as he made an appearance, which in essence, is him blessing the new film.
Personally, I find Murray jumping onboard for Feig’s Ghostbusters to be a bit of a slap to the face of fans of the original films. The reason we’re getting a remake is due to his constant refusal to appear in a third installment for so many years.
Murray’s history of resisting offers to appear in another Ghostbusters film due to his unhappiness of how the second film turned out is well documented, with Aykoyd stating that he even shredded and mailed back one version of the script. However, it’s not so surprising that he’s agreed to appear in Feig’s film though after publicly supporting a female reboot last year, even offering McCarthy and Wiig as a couple of his choices for an all female team.
While I’m not surprised that Murray is appearing, I’d be very surprised to see the third and remaining living Ghostbuster, Ernie Hudson, making an appearance in the new Ghostbusters film. Hudson took a pretty hard stance when he very publicly made the following comments to the Telegraph:
“If it has nothing to do with the other two movies, and it’s all female, then why are you calling it Ghostbusters? I love females. I hope that if they go that way, at least they’ll be funny, and if they’re not funny at least hopefully it’ll be sexy. I love the idea of including women, I think that’s great. But all-female, I think, would be a bad idea. I don’t think the fans want to see that.
Maybe it will come out and be the most amazing thing, but in my opinion I think it would be wrong to do another movie that didn’t include the guys. And that didn’t include me!”
What do you think about Murray in Feig’s Ghostbusters remake?