Bill Murray Has Hilarious Reaction to ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Reception

by Suzanne Halliburton

The premiere of Ghostbusters: Afterlife is only hours away. And already, Bill Murray, aka wise-cracking Dr. Peter Venkman, has heard such good things about the reboot.

“Everyone who has seen it says that they cry at the movie,” Murray said in his desert-dry deadpan. “So it should be an extremely successful comedy.”

Fans likely are crying with excitement as they anticipate most of the original Ghostbusters cast being reunited in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Murray, joined by Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson, talked to Jimmy Fallon earlier this week for a Tonight Show interview.

Nostalgia still rules, which is why we’re seeing so many reboots of our favorite shows and movies. Or maybe, it’s a reimagining. In the case of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, if you want to dodge today’s problems, toss it back to a special, 1980s-era vintage.

Murray Said Ghostbusters: Afterlife Costumes Still Were Painful to Wear

Murray told Fallon that working on the movie really was painful. But it was because of the costumes, not the lines. “It hurt,” Murray said. “There was a lot of pain.” And he’s referring to the power pack the ghostbusters wore on their backs as they went out looking for all those restless, mischievous spirits. Venkman liked to complain about those power packs back in the day. Remember when he said: “Why worry? Each one of us is carrying an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back.”

Unlike the previous two movies, Ghostbusters: Afterlife takes place in rural Oklahoma. Aykroyd reprises his role as Raymond Stantz, while Hudson still will play Winston Zeddemore. We’ll also see Sigourney Weaver return as Dana Barrett. Annie Potts as Janine Melnitz also is in the cast. The main character missing is Harold Ramis’ Dr. Egon Spengler. Ramis died in 2014. But the new movie will honor Spengler by having two of the main characters being his grandchildren.

Jason Reitman directed the movie and helped write it. His dad, Ivan, directed the original two movies.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife opens with Spengler’s daughter and grandchildren moving to his old house in Oklahoma. And yes, the house is haunted. The farm also is located near a new ghost and spirit eruption. And they’re the same supernatural beings as before — Gozer, Zuul and the Keymaster.

Paul Rudd and Carrie Coons join the Ghostbusters: Afterlife cast. And the movie got some nice publicity last week when People magazine named the ageless Rudd as its sexist man alive. Rudd plays Mr. Grooberson.

Murray even had a joke about Rudd’s People cover. “I finished 103rd,’ he quipped.

Here’s the clip from the interview. And trust us, if Venkman works in this line: “Human sacrifice. Dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria,” in the new movie, we may cry, too.

So who you gonna call?