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Bill Murray Tells Howard Stern He Still Hasn’t Read The GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Script Sony Sent Him Last Year!! Plus Murray on Han Solo, Ron Howard and The Current SNL Cast!!

I am Hercules!!

I’m kind of assuming the “last year” part of the headline. 

Ivan Reitman told the Associated Press on or before Jan. 8 that Murray had the “Ghostbusters 3” script.

But Murray told Howard Stern this morning he still hasn’t gotten around to reading it.


STERN: Is it true that there is a “Ghostbusters 3” and you’re the problem? You will not sign off on this? Do you know about this? 
MURRAY: Yeah, I guess I’m the problem. Before I was an asset and now I’m the problem. There’s a script somewhere over there. Over there there’s a script and I haven’t read it yet.
STERN: Why haven’t you read it? Because you think it’s a bullshit idea? In other words, Ghostbusters had its time and you did a remarkable job with that, and you’ve moved on?
MURRAY: There’s a little bit of that. You know, I only made one sequel, “Ghostbusters II,” and it didn’t end up the way it was presented. About five years after we did the first one, the clever agents got us all together in a room, and we really are funny together. I mean they are funny people - Harold and Danny and myself, and it was Ivan and maybe one or two other people. And we were just blindingly funny for about an hour or so. And the agents, there was just foam coming off of them. And so they had this pitch and Danny and Harold had already concocted some sort of story idea, and it was a story, it was a good story. I think I had even already read one or two that Danny rolled out before that, but this one was a good one. I said, "OK, we can do that one." It was just kind of fun to have all of us together. I mean Moranis, Rick Moranis and Annie Potts. These people, they’re just sterling people to begin with.
STERN: So how do you go back and really make another? Does Ivan want to make that film?
MURRAY: Yeah, Ivan wants to make it and I owe him and he’s puzzled that I haven’t gotten to this one.
STERN: How long has it been sitting on your desk, this script for Ghostbusters?
MURRAY: Well, it may not be on the desk; it’s over there somewhere. How long? I don’t know.
STERN: So you’re never going to read it.
STERN SIDEKICK ROBIN QUIVERS: So you have no interest. 
MURRAY: Well, I’ll get to it. I gotta get to it. I feel badly. I got a message. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings but it’s not the foremost thing in my mind right now, so I don’t think about it. You know what, the studio gets excited about it every 10 years or so or it seems like, and they read it. Because what they’d really like to do is recreate the franchise, you know? I remember once upon a time it was going to be, “And the new Ghostbusters will be Chris Rock, Chris Farley and Chris Crane or Kris Kringle.” Or someone. They had it together.
STERN: Is that a threat to you? In other words, do they try to threaten you by saying, “We’re going to put together a new Ghostbusters, and therefore you guys will have to go do it?”
MURRAY: It’s not a threat. It’s sort of businesslike. They’d like to keep it going. I mean, it’s still an amazing … there’s still kids today that watch this movie. They still sell a lot of toys and everything.

But wait, there’s more! 

Stern (whom Roger Ebert justifiably hails as "the best interviewer in the business") got some more interesting stuff out of Murray.

Here Murray addresses the rumor he was up for the role of Han Solo:

STERN: This is crazy to me. You were offered the role of Han Solo in “Star Wars.”

MURRAY: I mean -- I don’t know. Maybe. I never heard that one. I like the job Harrison Ford did. I’m happy with him. I hear these stories all the time. I was offered being Pope but they couldn’t reach me.

STERN: That’s really true. You only heard that story. You never heard someone say to you, “I want you to be Han Solo.”

MURRAY: I heard that one lately, Han Solo. I heard Batman too. These are all just …

Here Murray talks about his beef with Ron Howard:

STERN: Like I had Ron Howard in here. This is an example of where you get the reputation of being difficult. Ron Howard’s in here. We’re talking about movies and stuff. And there was this story about how you had a script that you loved. You went to Ron Howard and said, “Ron, I want you to direct this script.” And he read it and he said, “You know, Bill, it’s not for me; I don’t want to direct this film.” And you were so upset with him that it’s completely ruined your relationship with Ron Howard. True or false?

MURRAY: Well, false, because I never really had a relationship with Ron Howard. But I like his movie. I think he had a movie called “Eat My Dust” or something like that he directed or “Jackson County Line” or something like that. He directed a movie and I thought, “Hey, that’s good. That’s pretty good. He can do this.” So I went to him with this movie called “Quick Change,” which is a movie we ended up shooting in New York. And I said, “Why don’t you do this?” And he said, “I don’t get it; there’s no one to root for.” And I thought, “That’s the craziest Hollywood jive I ever …” I shouldn’t say “jive.” But that’s like a term that doesn’t spring from any place. For me. I just thought, “That didn’t make any sense to me.” I was chagrined to hear that because if guys driving fast on dirt roads is somebody to root for and this one wasn’t, I think you could compare ‘em. I like him and he’s a nice person. I enjoyed him in “The Shootist” with John Wayne too. He’s had a very long and very successful career. It was just an incident. It was a moment.

STERN: But it is fair to say someone might not "get" the script? For whatever reason, it wasn’t his cup of tea?

MURRAY: Yeah, but it was what he said. It wasn’t like, “I got to pass on it.” It was like, “There’s no one to root for.” And that was the one that just landed funny. It was like a boomerang inside of your mouth.

STERN: So you have to be careful what you say to Bill Murray. Like if I was hanging out with you, you will evaluate me because you can detect horseshit when you hear it.

MURRAY: Well, everyone thinks they can. Everyone thinks they can. Do you remember the one time we were photographed together?

STERN: I have it hanging on my wall.

MURRAY: That’s hilarious. And the third person in the picture is?

STERN: Governor Cuomo.

MURRAY: I tell that to people, they can’t believe it.

STERN: This is craziest thing. I was so nervous. I was “Live At Five,” which is a local NBC show in New York, it’s the news show. And the guests that day were me, then-governor Cuomo and Bill Murray, and I was so nervous because for some reason I’ve always felt that Bill Murray hated me. And I don’t know why; I don’t have anything to base it on, Bill. For some reason I got very intimidated. Number one, I told Bill I admired him greatly. And Governor Cuomo I was sure didn’t like me. And then all of the sudden we were taking the picture but you didn’t seem to be thrilled to be taking the picture, the governor didn’t seem to be thrilled and I was a nervous wreck. Was there a problem between us?

MURRAY: No, we don’t have a problem, Howard. It just sort of reminded me that when we posed for the picture, the guy who was the most uncomfortable was Cuomo. And when it first was set up, it was, left to right, myself, and then you, and then Mario. And Mario actually said, “Here, Bill, you get in the middle.”

STERN: Right! I do remember that! He didn’t want to stand next to me! Well, Bill, now you know my life.

MURRAY: It was everything I could do to hold it together.

Here Murray talks about what he thinks about the current SNL cast:

STERN: Do you like Lorne Michaels?

MURRAY: Yeah. He’s a complicated character and he really has gotten really, really good at that job. Back then, he’s a million times better at it now. He really is good at the job.

STERN: Because his strength is he finds people, puts them together and keeps that show on the air.

MURRAY: Well, he keeps the people together, which is really a hard part. I mean, there are infamous people in the comedy world that had all the talent and alienated them and they went away. But he’s managed to keep good people, good writers, good actors, and good technicians – I mean good cameramen, good lighting guys. That’s a tough building to keep all the best guys in one room.

STERN: Do you still watch the show?

MURRAY: I’m not very regular. You know,  when you work on “Saturday Night Live” for years, you’re kind of pleased to have it off. You know what I mean?

STERN: Are you? Why? Because, in other words, it brings back bad memories or … ?

MURRAY: No, it’s just it’s Saturday night, y’know, it’s sort of free. I catch up with it. I’m not as organized as sitting through it. It’s a lot easier to … Like my friend [longtime SNL writer] Jim Downey will make discs. He’ll just send me a disc and say, “You just got to see these ones” and he’ll send me discs of the best sketches and so forth.

STERN: He sends you sketches he thinks are good. Does he ever send you any that he thinks are bad?

MURRAY: (laughing) He’s not like that at all. He doesn’t say, “Look at this crap.” He’s one of the funniest people in the world. That’s one guy that Lorne has kept on the show since I was there. We started the same week.

STERN: Are you upset that Lorne gets to repackage these shows and redistribute them through CDs, DVDs, specials and constantly take your work and do it over and over again? And I would imagine you get no residuals for that, right?

MURRAY: Well, I don’t think about the residuals too much. I mean, I just hope that everyone that needs money will have it, you know?

STERN: But do you get paid for that?

MURRAY: Well, I got a check once for one cent.

STERN: Well, I believe that.

MURRAY: I really did. I really got a check for one cent once. I don’t pay a lot of attention to those things. And I know that someone’s making real money on it, and we kid about how we created a college fund for Lorne’s kids, but he’s worked very hard. He has to take the credit for getting the show made. He has to take the credit. There’s people making money at all levels of it. I just hope that everyone -- all the actors and all the writers that ever need money -- whenever that becomes the case, you know, Lorne makes sure everyone’s OK, you know?

STERN: You think he’s doing that? I think you’re saying that somewhat sarcastically.

MURRAY: Nothing is sarcastic. I’m saying that …

STERN: He’s not going to some of the old writers who are probably living in a …

MURRAY: He’s a nice Jewish boy from Toronto. He’s vulnerable to guilt and when people need help, he helps them.

STERN: Does he do that?

MURRAY: To my knowledge he does. I mean, I’ve seen it happen.

STERN: Is there a reason you don’t host “Saturday Night Live” more often?

MURRAY: Well, I’ve done it a couple of times. I like this group they have now. I think this group they have now is very, very, very good. I like these actors. These are the best actors since the first group, I think. This group they’ve got.

Here Murray talks about what he thinks about his old SNL castmates:

STERN: Are you in touch with Aykroyd?


STERN: You like him?

MURRAY: Yeah, he’s like my friend for life.

STERN: Another guy who’s so brilliant I feel he’s underutilized. Do you sense his frustration at all when you speak to him?

MURRAY: Well, he goes through … Well, he has a different life. He has a much more interesting life than many people. He has a lot of interests. He’s selling this vodka, this [Crystal Head] skull bottled vodka.

STERN: I know, I have some of it.

MURRAY: He has a lot of different kinds of interests. He’s kind of interested in English history and the life of old English people and …

STERN: In other words he doesn’t need show business to keep him happy. He has so many interests.

MURRAY: He’s interested in ghosts for heaven’s sake. He’s in that whole paranormal world. He has a lot of different interests. He reads a lot. He likes to get on the road. He likes cars.

STERN: The one guy you didn’t like was Chevy, that’s it, right? The other ones you liked.

MURRAY: You know, I’m OK with Chevy. We had our dust-up on the show, but that was about … that was almost Oedipal; I don’t know what the hell that was. That was Greek, whatever that was.

STERN: Do you see him now? You don’t see him at all.

MURRAY: Yeah, I see him. I see him at least, y’know, usually once a year. I haven’t seen him in a little bit but that’s because I’ve been busy, but he’s funny. I mean, Chevy is funny. And Chevy in real life is funnier than almost everyone. He really make even just walking around fun.

STERN: Bill, did you make love to all of the women on the show? Gilda …

MURRAY: Yes, of course. Of course. (laughing) No, listen, there’s a couple dying when I say that. No no no no no.

STERN: You didn’t make love to any of the women on the show or you got some of them?

MURRAY: You know, it was a different time. When love was important. Love is not important any longer, we know that; it’s just about money.

STERN: Is it really? Are you bitter from all your marriages and divorces?


STERN: You are not? But that sounding like a bitter statement. “It’s all about …”

MURRAY: Oh no, I was making a joke. Sometimes we make the jokes. You know, women are funny and men are funny. Ask a woman. They’ll tell you men are weird and a man will say women are strange. But I’m OK with women. They’re challenging.

STERN: Are you a tough guy to be in a relationship with? I think you’re eccentric.

MURRAY: (laughing) I don’t think so. I don’t think so, Howard. I don’t think I’m eccentric.

QUIVERS: Well, you read these things about you every once in a while about you and a golf cart.

MURRAY: You can’t believe what you hear in the paper all the time. I think I’m a barrel of monkeys.

The whole amazing interview, which also gets into "Groundhog Day" and Andie McDowell and the SNL hosts he really wanted to sleep with, can be heard on Sirius satellite radio’s repeats tonight (and this weekend) on Howard 101, and soon on On Demand.


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  • Feb. 22, 2011, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Bill Murray is the Man

    by DOGSOUP

    He farts fireballs and ejaculates bullets. He can do no wrong

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    ghostbusters 3 promo art? john candy??

    by awepittance

    this has to be fake but it looks great

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    bit of a fuck you, that is

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    but Murray, he's a sound guy. Love that story of him at that student party in Edinburgh.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    FIFTH? And Murray's being a buzzkill...

    by Babba-Booey

    Some people want to work, and he's putting his buddies' dicks in the dirt by pulling this shit.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 11:51 p.m. CST

    I gotta respect him on this one.

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    Murray sounds apprehensive and many of us are too about another GB, especially after how awful the first sequel turned out to be. And he starred in it -- imagine how disappointed he himself was with the sequel. Then throw in the fact that he wouldn't need to do another Ghostbusters for the money.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 11:55 p.m. CST

    I'm terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought...

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    ...that this movie will never get made. Murray is definitely being a buzzkill. At least read the script Bill!

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:05 a.m. CST

    It's understandable that he'd be apprehensive

    by BlaGyver

    He gave GQ an interview last year and he mentioned that when Harold Ramis was first pushing him to do GB3, he was like "yeah, I've got these great guys working on a script, they've worked on "the office", they're really funny guys. Actually, they wrote the movie I directed that's coming out this weekend, check it out." You know what that movie was? Year One. Murray openly shat on it. I'll also say that nobody in this talkback can accuse him of saying anything to be politically correct or sugarcoating anything. I think we can all agree that he's not the kind for that. Good to know he likes the current SNL cast. They're definitely not the best but they get way more shit than they deserve. Some of the writers may need the boot but the actors on the show right now are doing their best.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Bill Murray is the funniest man alive.

    by JefferyLebowski

    Nobody else comes close.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Bill Murray made TWO Garfield movies

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    Bill Murray isn't logical. He's just being a pain in the ass.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:14 a.m. CST

    If Howard Stern is always like this...

    by paper

    then more excerpts in the future please! Otherwise I...well I guess I'll have to subscribe.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:19 a.m. CST


    by crazy4dragons13

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:31 a.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    I could aqtually see the three in there conversing in my head as I read that. And to read that stern was a nervous wreq was kind of refreshing since I'm so used to him being so braggadocious (spl?). Though I usually don't like stern, I can see why you put in this artiqle that ebert said he's the best interviewer in the business.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:33 a.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    Keanu seems more excited to do that than bm does in doing gb3.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:40 a.m. CST

    The Internal Struggle of Murray

    by ciroslive

    Its strange. He has enough time to read TWO Garfield scripts and then agree to do them, but still hasnt gotten around the Ghostbusters III. Maybe its because Garfield is so much easier to do than a legit feature length live-action film. At least if he reads the script and it sucks, no one can blame him for being a pain in the ass. It would be on the writers/producers to make a better scripts

  • Well done sir. That the damn GB3 script and tell us what you think.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:51 a.m. CST


    by Cheif Brody

    Pick only 5 guys and 5 girls from any cast in history that makes up your SNL Dream Team. I'll start... <p> GUYS: <p> 1. John Belushi <p> 2. Bill Murray <p> 3. Norm MacDonald <p> 4. Eddie Murphy <p> 5. Will Farrell <p> 6. Phil Hartman <p> GIRLS: <p> 1. Gilda Radner <p> 2. Jane Curtain <p> 3. Amy Poehler <p> 4. Mya Rudolph <p> 5. Cheri Oteri <p> 6. Ana Gastyer <p> Jesus Christ...that's hard to do. No Mike Myers? No Dana Carvey? Norm MacDonald over Jim Brewer? Where's Parnell? No Wiig, Dratch or Dunn? <p> My picks are based on versatility players...ones that can assume multiple roles and characterizations and impersonations. But would this crew gel on stage...or fold up like a rusty lawn chair? <p> try to be Lorne Michaels...and pick your 12 NRFPT Players.

  • This was around the time Superman III came out.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Please educate me:

    by Johnny T Williams

    Do they really need Murray to make another Ghostbusters movie? I mean, contractually or something? Do they need his approval? Nothing against the guy, but I don't understand why they don't just make another one. It's not like studios haven't shat on beloved properties before, just so they can cash in on them. He's obviously not interested, not for the money, not for the fun of it. Why don't just say 'fuck him' and go ahead anyway?

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    thing about Garfield

    by Hercules

    it probably took Bill four hours to do the voiceovers and they probably dropped $8 million (per movie) on his porch for the effort. In the case of Ghostbusters, I sense he's invested in the legacy of the first movie and isn't keen to further dilute in our hearts its value.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 1 a.m. CST

    because Bill Murray IS Ghostbusters

    by Yaroh_Meringue

    Without Bill's BS-O-Meter, you've got two hours of Dan Aykroyd "exploring the Ghostbusters mythology" 'n shit. Ghostbusters is a romantic comedy with sci-fi trappings.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 1:03 a.m. CST

    This is a good interview

    by bravogolfhotel

    I'm agnostic on Howard Stern; I don't think I've ever listened to one of his programs all the way through, but this is a good interview. I can appreciate Muarray's apparent unwillingness to engage with another GHOSTBUSTERS film. It's a very special property, the sequel that exists is kind of a dog's breakfast, and the very real risk of it turning into a BLUES BROTHERS 2000 disaster lingers over it like the smell of shit at a slaughterhouse. I don't like to be the first person to say "reboot", but I really think they might be better off turning over to whatever comedy actors are hot and seeing what they make of it, just to take it on a different vector. I'm not sold on the idea that the original team needs to be involved at all, frankly. With the notable exception of Ernie Hudson, they've aged quite dramatically, and "Suck in the guts, guys, we're the Ghostbusters" wouldn't have the same sprightly ring that it used to.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 1:07 a.m. CST

    How exactly, is it a "cash grab"?

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    It's been 22 years since the last one. Yes, someone is making money off all the merchandise that continues to sell. But if the studio heads really wanted to "cash in" and squeeze every penny out of this franchise, making a movie would have been the way to go. They haven't done that yet. In 22 years.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 1:10 a.m. CST


    by mongo126

    Stern - best interviewer out there. Period.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Garfield v. Ghostbusters

    by blackwood

    GARFIELD II was pretty inoffensive. I don't think Murry being Garfield should impact his credibility. I hope he has to agree to any new GHOSTBUSTERS for the franchise to proceed. Ivan Reitman has done nothing but crap for years. Not just kinda meh, or sorta feh -- actually bad.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 1:31 a.m. CST

    You know what, FUCK BILL MURRAY!!!

    by ganymede3010

    I'm getting sick and tired of him begging everyone to kiss his ass to do another movie he's going to make millions on. He obviously doesn't need the money, and he could give a fuck if we're clamoring for a sequel. So fuck him, I'll watch the first one if I ever need my Ghost Busters fix, that's good enough for me.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 1:41 a.m. CST

    People of earth...HELLO. Howard IS the BEST interviewer

    by quantize

    bar none...

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 1:50 a.m. CST

    He is....

    by moviemenace

    and you should

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Put it up or shut it up..

    by Tiger Fish

    We all know that this is gonna suck as much as the new indiana jones movie, so I hope this egomaniac turns it down and quickly so we dont have to waste news space listening to him being "above it".. old fool

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 2:10 a.m. CST

    I say ya kill Venkman off in the 1st 10 minutes.

    by Cheif Brody

    Have him come back a couple times as a ghost throughout the film for closure with the old guys...and then he ends up helping them all defeat the big baddie ghost/Gozer at the end, from the afterlife. <p> Put Ray, Egon & Winston in "Training the New Guys" mode...and let the new guys do all the heavy lifting...both comedy & bustin'-wise. <p> Murray could basically be in the thing 20 minutes, tops...and help to pass the torch to "the new guys"...and be done with it. <p> For all the moaning I do about practical effects...Ghostbusters 3 could really benefit from 22 years of CGI upgrades. <p> I mean...There's nothing GB3 can do to tarnish our fondness for the original that GB2 hasn't already undone. <p> If it tanks...then Bill can go on Stern again in a coupla years and say..."I owed Ivan a favor...and I was barely in it. Oh, and they paid me 20 million, which I donated to my favorite charity". <p> It's now or never, Bill...At least read the damn script.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 2:20 a.m. CST

    No Ghostbusters 3.

    by hallmitchell

    WE just don't need it.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 2:21 a.m. CST

    I understand Bill's point

    by tomimt

    There rarely are sequels better than the first one. Granted, that I don't think Ghostbusters 2 is a bad movie, I do like it and would like to see the third, but at the same time I do feel, the ship has sailed for that one.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 2:24 a.m. CST

    ..but garfield 2.. now that's a real sequel right bill..idiot

    by Tiger Fish

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Best cast since the first?


    Come on Bill, your kidding right? Certainly nit the worst, but by far the best since the first.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Hey kids....

    by Jobacca

    Remember the Star Wars prequels? And Indiana Jones 4? And Die Hard PG-13 4? And Terminator whatever the fuck with Christian Bale? Sometimes its best to just...let it be. Enjoy the first Ghosbusters. Buy the new toys(if you can find them). Play the video game. But maybe Murray knows best. He was certainly right about Quick Change...that and Scrooged are two of his best films. Bill Murray is the man!

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Is GB3 dead without Murray?

    by You Have My Voice

    Because I'd like to hear who they're thinking about as far as casting any newbie GBs...

  • Look, the first one was great. A truly special, wonderful and great movie. I love it with everything I am, including my pee pee. Ghostbusters 2 was a barely passable blunder meant to cash in on the child audience that enjoyed the cartoon show. Ghostbusters 3? Okay, maybe 15 years ago. Today? What are you gonna do with it? What stories can you tell? the actors are all old, Harold Ramis needs a goddamn forklift to get his fat ass around, Murray fucking hates the idea of it...oh, the passing of the torch. Yeah, brilliant idea that. Create four new characters that no one gives two shits about for the sole purpose of cashing in. Look, the spunky woman! The noble token black guy! The shady white asshole. The...what? Queer? Mexican? Cripple? Mmmmmm, how about nerd! Yeah, for the fans! And then all you people go plop down between $10 and $20 bucks for the priviledge of being insulted. And you wonder why Hollywood makes nothing but garbage and creators do nothing but talk down to their fans. How about we fans stand up and say, in the clearest and most concise way possible, fuck no! It doesn't need to happen. It's a bad idea. There aren't any more stories to tell with these characters. Studios *can* make money selling new ideas. Stop scraping the bottom of the fucking barrel, you sonsabitches! Award new ideas. Award quality ideas. Don't take this shit. Bill Murray doesn't want to do this bullshit project and I say we should back his ass up 100%.

  • Murray hates sequels and thinks they're pointless. I heard it took a lot of convincing to get him to do Ghostbusters II. I guess he did the Garfield sequels because it was one days work of voice over and an easy paycheck.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 2:43 a.m. CST

    count not could

    by Orionsangels

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Too short! I could read this all day.

    by Orionsangels

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 3:04 a.m. CST

    And you call yourself an eveelcapitalist!!!

    by Cheif Brody

    Ha! The nerve!! <p>

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Venkman dies in the opening.

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    Suicide (toaster in tub) after seeing the New Ghostbusters. Later he kills the new guys. His old buddies need to come back to stop EctoVenkman. Oh the comedy that follows!

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 3:22 a.m. CST

    The suicide scene/new ghostbusters thing...

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    should mirror Murray's real feelings towards an unnecessary sequel. And ghost Venkman should be scary for real, no jokey prankster. More like the lady in the library in the first GB.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Jason Reitman

    by jake the muss

    Perhaps Jason Reitman should take over directorial duties from his old man. He's put out a couple of nice movies... interesting character-driven stuff not too far removed from Wes Anderson's work - and Bill Murruy was happy to appear in Wes's films.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Met him in person...

    by Aragorn742

    I work in a grocery store in So Cal and he came into the market demanding help immediately, not waiting in line, yelling at all employees, yelling at customers to leave him alone, etc. One of the most angry and rude customers that we had to deal with. He is an ASS! Richard Dreyfuss also shops at my store. Super nice and down-to-earth guy. Ask him about his experience on What About Bob? with Murray. He'll tell you it was a nightmare thanks to Murray and that there was constant fighting and arguing amongst the cast and crew, all due to Murray.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Just read the script first, Bill

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    Then all of your defenders on here will actually have something to stand on if it indeed turns out to be a piece of shit and cash grab. Until then, just read the damn thing!

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 5:07 a.m. CST

    I like what he says about Aykroyd.

    by David Cloverfield

    Whenever someone mentions him, that guy sounds more awesome than any character he ever played.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Dan Akroyd has Asperger's Syndrome....I'm serious

    by Bobo_Vision

    That's why he chooses stuff over people.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 5:43 a.m. CST

    I love Quick Change, that movie's a classic

    by Bobo_Vision

    In time it will gain the appreciation it deserves.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 5:55 a.m. CST

    um... Ron Howard vs Murray

    by MurderMostFowl

    I don't see this as Howard being a dick or whatever Murray was trying to relate... look at the movies Howard had directed (then) recently ... Willow, Parenthood and Backdraft. All movies with clear motivations, straight forward characters... a straight up adventure, a traditional comedy and a straight forward hero drama. And Quick change is about as far from those 3 as could possibly be. Murray should recall that because Howard turned it down, he got his directorial debut. I think Howard was being honest that it wasn't the kind of movie he wanted to make. BFD if Murray didn't "like" his response. Howard was just looking for something different than Murray and was honest enough to say it.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Gotta love Stern

    by elsewhere

    Both him and Larry King are great interviewers. Not afraid to ask hard hitting questions.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Bit late to be fussy Bill ...


    At least have the balls to read the fucking thing .... Love the guys work but he comes across as a right cunt.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Good interview, I enjoyed it until...

    by McSatan

    ...Howard asked to see Bill's tits.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Stern really is the best interviewer.

    by mastermold

    He asks sensationalistic questions here and there but he really does get interesting stuff out of the people he talks to. He had Jerry Springer on his show and they had quite an interesting conversation about politics and the state of the country. Really fascinating stuff.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Murray back in the day....

    by Dark Doom

    It was about 1987 and a Friend and I were in the Village (NYC) and we saw Bill, as we were about to ask him for an autograph we noticed he was screaming at someone. Man he was ripping someone a new asshole in full tilt gonzo Murray mode. Jeezuz this guy was shitting his pants as Murray just insulted and destroyed this guy, it was the funniest and scariest moment I ever saw of Murray outside of the movies. Needless to say we didn't bother him, we just crossed the street. But I never forgot it, and I will always live in fear of this man. Maybe he has mellowed with age, but he does not come across as a nice guy. Funny, well fuck yea, but nice? Not so much..

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Life Pass for Bill

    by smudgewhat

    Caddyshack, Life Aquatic, Ghostbusters, Lost in translation, and more I'm probably forgetting. Rare is the Hollywood guy who's not a total whore for the next project. Respect to Bill.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 7:44 a.m. CST

    The problem with all the Ghostbusters 3 ideas...

    by theyreflockingthisway

    Is the whole passing the torch concept - that and "Murray as a ghost". People just want to see the original cast return one more time - like a funny reunion. We don't want any present day comedians setting up a fourth film - we just want Ghostbusters 3 as we would have wanted it in, say, 1991. Let's face it, in the two Ghostbusters movies you only ever really see them catching ghosts on two occasions - Slimer and those ones in the courts in the second film. That's it. The rest of the time on film revolves around the characters, which work so well together. Even if Ghostbusters 2 had a silly story, the comedy was great meaning it's a "poor" sequel that is still remembered for the right reasons. Replace these characters, or introduce a new comedy element, then it could risk ruining what makes Ghostbusters what it is. If they really must make a fourth film after the third then go with a re-imagining of it all. People won't like it, but at least it means the original cast isn't associated with whatever films follow it.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Anybody who wants Ghostbusters 3 is a mentalist

    by The_Motorcycle_Boy

    The last Indy film should have killed off any desire of wanting to see your heroes revisited. Spielberg was a far better director than Reitman ever was, and even he couldn't make it work. Ghostbusters was lightning in a bottle. Full credit for Murray for not wanting to make it.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 8:27 a.m. CST

    great excerpt

    by crazybubba

    hope u do morestuff like this. stern is a great interviewer!

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Goddamn Bill is cool

    by IForgotAbout19

    "You know, it was a different time. When love was important. Love is not important any longer, we know that; it’s just about money." Anyone who hasn't yet needs to see Broken Flowers, he's incredible in an incredible movie.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    there'll too old for the franchise now

    by crazybubba

    ramis and ackroyd used to be creative genius. they used all get together and do other stuff.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 8:41 a.m. CST

    i hope its true

    by crazybubba

    that Murray hates sequels. even more reason to respect him as an entertainer.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    So entertaining. ..

    by MainMan2001

    Murray right. GhostBusters 3 might be might be good..He is one of the only actors in Hollywood who is doing what he is doing and that's not being forced(by money and money only) to start a project back up. I mean Reitman hasn't directed a good movies in like 15 years or more. Murray truly is the man.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Ghostbusters 3 can't be done right.

    by hank henshaw

    Passing the torch? Bad idea. Old Ghostbusters? Bad idea. New Ghostbusters team? Bad idea. The best option would be to recast the same characters (Peter, Egon, Winston and Ray) with younger comedians, but even that is impossible, because whomever you choose to replace the original actors would pale in comparison. The first Ghostbusters is a near-perfect movie, and that should be enough.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Murray has actually explained Garfield

    by BlaGyver

    He says that he saw that it was written by Joel Cohen and thought that was one of the Coen Brothers. Basically signed on the spot without looking into it any more and when he got to the recording studio, he started reading lines and soon realized that it wasn't written by one of the Coen Brothers.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Interesting fact about Garfeild and Ghostbusters

    by JohnWayneWasGay

    The dude who did the voice for Garfield in the animated t.v show did the voice of Dr Venkman in the animated Ghostbusters t.v show.So he replaced Bill in Ghostbusters and was replaced by Bill in Garfield lol.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Now THIS is an excellent and interesting and COOl post

    by D.Vader

    Thst Justin Bieber nonsense is pure studio-shill bullshit.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST

    The original concept for Part 2 was they ALL died and became ghosts.

    by Elgyn6655321

    From what I understand, Murray liked this idea, and agreed to do the sequel. Then, lo and behold, by the time filming began the entire script had changed...and thus we got the "Ghostbusters II" we did. This whole 'bait and switch' thing from Part 2 might be one of the reasons he`s cautious about agreeing to do a third.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Bill Murray was the Human Torch

    by LesterDelRay

    I don't know if the Batman rumor was true but Bill Murray did play Johnny Storm on a Fantastic Four radio series in the 70s. Really bizarre hearing him shout "Flame On!" It's not too bad of a show, they pretty much take the first dozen or so comics and do them word for word. You can find it on the Internet Archive.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Bill enjoyed being Vehnkman for the video game...

    by Billyeveryteen

    I enjoyed playing it. Everybody sounded and acted like their namesakes, and the story didn't suck(you play the "new guy"). Nothing comes close to Sci-Fi/Supernatural/working-class like Ghostbusters. I may be naive, but keep the faith alive.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    OK, chief brody, I'll play

    by Beezbo

    1. Chase 2. Ferrell 3. Short 4. Bill Murray 5. Crystal 6. John Belushi 1. Cheri Oteri 2. Gilda Radner 3. Wiig 4. Curtin 5. Poehler 6. Fey Tough to leave off Carvey, Myers, Farley, Hartman, Guest and Akroyd. Would have replaced all of the women with these guys (just being honest).

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Bill Hader needs to be the new Venkman.

    by Jobacca

    If they're going to pass the torch,he's one of the few current comedians I could see being able to carry and run with it.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    I wouldn't say he's the best interviewer

    by Jaster

    Yes he gets his guests to reveal things they otherwise wouldn't, but that's because he badgers them and pushes them into a corner. He is the adult version of the teenager using peer pressure on other kids. Shit like "I think you're eccentric" pushes Bill into a position where he feels he has to explain himself and it feels pretty disrespectful to do that to an interview. Oh, and FUCK "Ghostbusters 3: We're old now"! The idea that they would all die and go to Hell was impossibly stupid and I stand by Bill's decision to dismiss it. It would have been an insult to the fans.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    just have JIM JARMUSCH direct GB2... Murray will be a shoe-in

    by Tigger Tales

    of course it will also have Iggy Pop, the RZA, Ghostface, and Tom Waits... but yeah, let it be!

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    I wouldn't mind a new Ghostbusters movie... BUT...

    by ChickenStu

    It'll need to be a shitload better than GBII. Not that GBII is an awful movie or anything, but with the level of talent involved it should've been much better. It was more like a live action movie of "The Real Ghostbusters" than the sequel it should've been. I think a new story has the potential to have the biting edge of the original (Venkman with added years of bitterness could be fucking hilarious) and leave that "We must do this for fans of the cartoon" attitude behind. Cause if anything hamstrung the second movie it was that. My little girl loves the Ghostbusters movies though, and it would be pretty cool to take her to see a brand new one at the cinema. But that shouldn't be the only reason for it. As for this "new generation" concept, I'm not all that keen on it... but if Murray spends the movie giving them shit then it could be pretty funny. The idea of him being a ghost is beginning to grow on me.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Stern is great at getting to things nobody else can

    by Mennen

    This was an interesting interview at the very least. THX for posting.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    There's a lot of things said between the lines in that interview.

    by AsimovLives

    As for Ghostbusters 3, Buill Murray is now my hero for causign that movie to be on hold indefinatly. Anything that helps to fuck up Ivan Shit Reitman's career is a good thing. Fuck Reitman up his fucking ass!

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Interesting that they can't do GBIII w/out Murray

    by Bass Ackwards

    Which is true when I actually think about it, Ackroyd and Ramis have no clout and would be unrecognizable to kids who have seen the first movie on TBS over the years (who are the old fat guys in this sequel?). Murray is really the only reason to see GBIII, and I'm glad he's not keen on it cause I'm almost positive it would suck anyways.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Instead of ghosbusters 3, sony should...

    by Father

    ....just make a different movie that follows the ghostbusters formula. You know, a sci-fi comedy that has a group of popular comedians battling supernatural enemies (robots, aliens , monsters-take your pick). It would be a ghostbusters rip off, but ironically it would actually seem fresher and more unique than the tons of sequels and adaptations coming out these days.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    also, Stern as an interviewer

    by Bass Ackwards

    I think has less to do with Stern and more format, he just gets to have guests hang out long enough to bullshit and get them comfortable enough to get to interesting tidbits, and he's popular enough that he gets to do this with big names that similar formats don't have access to. Magazines like GQ and Rolling Stone get some pretty great interviews too, simply by this same tactic of time. I think now that podcasting is becoming popular, we're getting more audio interviews like Sterns, with substance vs the media tours we've become accustomed to (such as Marc Maron and Carolla).

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    I hope Murray never makes another Ghostbusters...

    by workshed

    ...that ship sailed a long time ago. Anyway, fuck Ghostbusters... STRIPES II PLEASE! That's if P.J.Soles is available.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Ivan Reitman really seems to have lost his touch

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    lately with My Super Ex Girlfriend and No Strings Attached. Methinks Ghostbusters 3 would be best forgotten about.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Great read, thanks for posting this.

    by bubcus

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    asimov - although Reitman had a cast he just had to point a camera at

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    you gotta give him some credit for Stripes, one of the best service conedies ever. And Ghostbusters was a very tricky film to balance. High concept, big special effects, big failed before with 1941, and recently with Evan Almighty. But yea, he's a pretty pedestrian filmmaker.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Bill Hader is damn funny.

    by DoctorWho?

    Just saw his intro in Pineapple Express and peed my pants laughing.

  • Evolution flopped. That was Ivan Reitman's attempt to bring back the Ghostbusters vibe. MIB has been more successful at this.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    i didn't even mention Groundhog Day

    by smudgewhat

    god that movie is great. again, free pass for Bill.

  • ...but I've come to terms with the fact that the GB3 I see in my head - a really cool, funny reflection on these great characters in the last phase of their lives (heading towards their afterlives), is just never going to happen. It's like finally admitting to oneself that the lovely young lady you've been pining after all those years is never going to love you back. It's a sad thing to finally realize, but better to move on...

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Bill Murray

    by Rob

    is really funny in this movie I saw called "Rushmore". It is Bill Murray, but he is bald and has a mustache. He looks different than he does in "Stripes", but I think it is the same guy.

  • OK, "Year One" (not seen it, but heard about it) was a clusterfuck, but maybe the guys behind it were having an off day. "The Office: An American Workplace" is still a cracking comedy, and Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis were once the best in the biz when it comes to writing stuff. Who knows? Maybe the combination is FUCKING DYNAMITE. OK, GBII was dissapointing, but only in comparison with the first movie. On it's own the movie is a perfectly good family fantasy adventure, and Bill Murray is better in it than he gives himself credit for. If they could skew things towards the style of the original movie (and there is no reason they shouldn't be able to - they haven't got the cartoon and it's fans to please so much anymore) then who knows? Maybe it could be something special. I can see Murray sitting down, thinking "OK, I guess I should read this..." and making a phonecall five minutes after putting the thing down and saying "OK, I'm in". If it's good, he'd be a fool not to.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    I'm guessing Murray did read the script

    by Hercules

    Or at least started it. And he didn't like what he read and has been mulling ways to fix it.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Saw Murray once in a Studio City deli

    by mjgtexas

    Worst skin ever. I wanted to take him to the nearest pharmacy and steal an entire stash of Retina A.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    They still make Ghostbusters toys??

    by Triple_J_72

    Or do they mean people have been buying old ones off of eBay or something?

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Bill just wants G3 to be a good movie that's all!!!

    by brocknroll

    The reason Bill is being a pain in the ass is because he wants the story to work. I'm sure Bill will give it the greenlight if he likes the story enough. When an actor is offered a role, they can't just immediately jump on the opportunity. They need to take their time to make their careful decisions. That's what Bill is doing here, taking his time to think things over. I personally think Bill will do it and I think the Ghostbusters movies deserve one last movie to close out the trilogy. We can give Ghostbusters another try.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    LMAO at the "Eat My Dust" reference.

    by Triple_J_72

    I remember going to see that movie at a drive-in. Yes, I'm old. So what?

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Great topic

    by Barbarino

    My SNL Top 60000 GUYS: 1. Eddie Murphy 2. John Belushi 3. Will Ferrell 4. Phil Hartman 5. Chris Farley 6. Bill Murray GALS: 1. Gilda Radner 2. Cheri Oteri 3. Jane Curtain 4. Amy Poehler 5. Molly Shannon 6. Jan Hooks

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    aragorn742, your anecdote about Bill Murray makes me like him more

    by Bobo_Vision

    Just picturing him in a grocery store telling people to leave him alone when they approach him and demanding service instead of waiting in line....that makes me smile.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Danny Ak-A-Roid

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Gotta name drop on this one...I ran into Danny, literally, in front of the House of Blues in New Orleans, minutes before Dan was to host an evening's tribute to Fats Domino. He was quite jovial, shared a laugh or two, and graciously posed for a picture I took for my friends. He then asked me if I'd like a photo op. Yep. Even though I look like shit it's one of my favorite pictures...Danny with one arm around my shoulder and both of us grinning like we had just done each other's sisters or sumshit like that. A great night! And Stern is the best interviewer. Period. Why he didn't take his cat-and-pony show to cable and do a chat show HIS way...musta been an assload of cash they threw at him. Gotta get a new Sportster II has been on the blink for months now!

  • Blade was about Wesley Snipes kicking ass, but that wasn't good enough for Hollywood. So they used Wesley to shoehorn in Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel for the youngsters. The result: Blade 3 sucked monkey shit. The concept of a bunch of old guys trying to fight ghosts can be funny on it's own. It's not like the Ghostbusters in the old movies were doing Matrix-style wire fu or anything. I think Murray was insulted by the fact that 12 years or so they wanted to make GB3 with Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, etc.. as the new guys. The studio were basically saying that he, Ackryoyd, Ramis were washed up has beens (but apparently not so washed up to use their once original idea for a cash grab). Now in 2011 the situation hasn't changed one bit. I'd be afraid to read that script too and see the part where the old ghostbusters get reduced screentime are bumbling over themselves and Jonah Hill or Andy Samberg has to save them(with the best lines in the movie...or at least what Hollywood yes men think are funny lines.) I don't mean to shit on the new faces of comedy because i like seth rogen, jonah hill and all those new cats. But what's the point of doing Ghostbusters 3 and wasting everybody's time with an already huge cast (Ackryod, Murray, Ramis, Hudson, Weaver, Moranis, Potts) with another huge cast of new characters eating up their screentime and making a crowded, incomprehensible plot in the process.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST

    creepythinmanlives - ghosts on parole

    by brotherbradshaw

    I love that idea. I've always wanted to know more about the ghosts, and that could lead to conversations of some kind with the ghosts that got let out, that's enough for a movie right there. Then they let the wrong one out... shit, I'd pay to see that. Then Venkman could die in the climax. He comes back for 10 minutes in GB 4 to help out and he helps out for a while at some point he sees that light and tells them (in some way that only Bill Murray could do it) that he's got to go, see ya on the flip side.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Love that man

    by dukeroberts

    I will always love Bill Murray: the funniest man alive.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:56 a.m. CST

    groundhog day

    by recantha

    Any chance of a Groundhog Day portion summary? I dont have a hope in hells chance of watching the real interview! Great coverage on this one :-)

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Does nobody read?

    by mrgray

    He says he'll get to it. It's not foremost in his mind but he does want to give it a chance. Who is reading those comments thinking that he's definitely saying no? And for the record, I've read the script and it's actually pretty good. Not as good as the first one, of course, and YES they're setting up a new franchise. That's what movie studios do. But it's good, way less goofy than GBII. I notice nobody's bitching about Marvel's franchise philosophy. Fucking hypocrites.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 1:20 a.m. CST

    i love bill but..

    by johnny

    bills hayday was in the 1980s with cadyshack, ghostbusters and stripes. i think he is being kind of an ass over this although i understand him not wanting to do a bad movie, he hasnt really made a great film since groundhog day in my opinion. lol. he's made 2 garfield movies and gave us horribily that, he also parodied himself in zombieland in ghostbusters he needs to realize that he needs to do a ghostbusters sequel before he becomes grandpa ghostbuster or we all become grandpa fans and cease to care lol.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 1:26 a.m. CST

    really the star of ghostbusters isnt murray or the cast..

    by johnny

    its the terrific score, if they flounder that in the third it wont matter if the originals are in it or not or its a good script it will suck like every other movie sequel franchise or tv to movie or remake that removes its soundtrack/score aka terminator after terminator 2, superman for dropping williams score (briefly appearing in horrible returns), batman for dropping elfmans score after 2 and never recovered (in my opinion), etc. etc. lol. hollywood is on a roll for removing actors and musical scores wich they might as well just make a new movie entirely as they end up sucking. (the miaimi vice movie for instance terrible music).

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 4:19 a.m. CST

    They are all too old.

    by papabendi

    The original team playing at Ghost Busters in their retirement years doesn't sound appealing. Reitman's best days are well and truely behind him. Murray has a good career and doesn't need this.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST

    what was the problem between him and chevy?

    by Burnam

    i never knew they had problems. anyone elaborate?

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Murray/Chase fight. According to

    by v3d

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    here's what they say:

    by v3d

    The Backstory: Chevy Chase is a dick, plain and simple. Between that and the star treatment he got as the breakout member of the Saturday Night Live cast, anyone who worked with him could be excused for taking a shot at him. But here' the thing: Bill Murray never actually worked with him. Murray replaced Chase after he left SNL for a film career. Murray also got a lot of hate mail telling him he was a shitty replacement, so there's that. During the show' second season, Chase returned as the guest host and Murray, channeling the resentment of the rest of the cast, decided it was go time. "I got into a fight with Chevy the night he came back to host. That was because I was the new guy, and it was sort of like it was my job to do that," Murray says. "It would have been too petty for someone else to do that. It' almost like I was goaded into that." The Beatdown: Tension simmered between the two all week and finally boiled over in a pull-apart brawl only moments before the show went on the air. Witnesses say Murray started it by pointing out how everybody hated Chase, while Chase responded by comparing Murray' acne-pocked skin to the surface of the moon. "I don't know if Chevy provoked it or not," says cast member Laraine Newman. "But it culminated with Billy saying to Chevy, 'Why don't you fuck your wife once in a while? She needs it.' And I don't even remember who threw the first punch, Billy or Chevy. But it was ugly." Recalls Blues Brothers director John Landis: "I didn't know Bill Murray, but he's screaming, you know, foaming at the mouth, 'Fucking Chevy,' and in anger he says, 'Medium talent!' And I thought, 'Oh boy, that's funny. In anger he says "medium talent."' That really impressed me. I went, 'So, Bill Murray - wow, who is that guy?'" Read more:

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST


    by Calico Pete

    Did Murray actually deny the Batman story too? The transcript above trails off...

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    prof. pop-cult, by MIB you mean the first film. The second is crap.

    by AsimovLives

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Bill and Chevy...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Seemed okay in Caddyshack. Granted it was only one scene, but still... Pretty funny stuff.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    ED O'NEIL (SPL?)

    by Meadowe

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    accidentally pushed enter before, anyway my thoughts were that Ed O'Neil can be a gb after part 2 and also burned out from the job. For whatever reason everytime I see something bout a new gb fliq I keep thinqing of Ed, even though obviously he's too old to be a new ghostbuster, I thinq he would do a great job at also being a guy wanting to pass the torch.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    They're getting ready to kill Venkman off and move on without Murray...

    by BurnHollywood

    "MURRAY: It’s not a threat. It’s sort of businesslike. They’d like to keep it going. I mean, it’s still an amazing … there’s still kids today that watch this movie. They still sell a lot of toys and everything." Those toy profits have greenlit weaker premises...look at the STAR WARS Prequels...

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    The Gopher Guy in Caddyshack

    by Autodidact

    I think that's Murray's greatest part.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    The Miami Vice Movie...

    by Autodidact

    I wish that had been all bright and neon coloured with an 80s synth driven score. That would have been a much bolder choice than the dour, boring piece of shit emo fest Mann crapped out and called Miami Vice.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    1992 Season is Best SNL Cast of All

    by Autodidact

    .. better even than the original cast

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Not intended to offend, but serious questions regarding Bill Murray

    by Ijustclick

    Here's what's been eating at me: *Amy Poehler offered a guest role to Bill Murray on "Parks and Recreation", but offered to let him sit during taping. Why would he need to do that? * In an interview with DA Points (on Youtube) after winning Pebble Beach, he a comment about quote: "...when I can walk." * For part of that interview (part 1 of 3), his voice sounds different (like Ray Romano) like it did on Letterman after his knee surgery * Bill Murray is still handsome as ever, but has not been looking well lately. He's skinny as a twig, and looks like he's aged rapidly the past couple of years. * As part of the activities with Pebble Beach, he visited some charities...among them, hospices. What's bugging me is: Was he visiting, or shopping? * Announcer for Pebble Beach said he "hopes Bill Murray can be back next year). Why, wouldn't that already be a given? * Early on in discussions about GB3, Bill Murray said he'd do the movie if he got to be a ghost. Was that because he wanted to portray a ghost, or was that a sarchastic response because of possibilities he could be a ghost by the time movie is out? Bill Murray is a very private guy. If he were ill (Boy, I really hope that's not the case), I am not sure he wouldn't be very hush-hush about it. That would break my heart, but I am seriously wondering if an unofficial reason he's not doing Ghostbusters is because he's ill and just isn't able to do the work. If that's the case, I hope he'll be honest enough with his fans to say so. Hope none of this offends you Mr. Murray.

  • Here's what's been eating at me: *Amy Poehler offered a guest role to Bill Murray on "Parks and Recreation", but offered to let him sit during taping. Why would he need to do that? * In an interview with DA Points (on Youtube) after winning Pebble Beach, he a comment about quote: "...when I can walk." * For part of that interview (part 1 of 3), his voice sounds different (like Ray Romano) like it did on Letterman after his knee surgery * Bill Murray is still handsome as ever, but has not been looking well lately. He's skinny as a twig, and looks like he's aged rapidly the past couple of years. * As part of the activities with Pebble Beach, he visited some charities...among them, hospices. What's bugging me is: Was he visiting, or shopping? * Announcer for Pebble Beach said he "hopes Bill Murray can be back next year). Why, wouldn't that already be a given? * Early on in discussions about GB3, Bill Murray said he'd do the movie if he got to be a ghost. Was that because he wanted to portray a ghost, or was that a sarchastic response because of possibilities he could be a ghost by the time movie is out? Bill Murray is a very private guy. If he were ill (Boy, I really hope that's not the case), I am not sure he wouldn't be very hush-hush about it. That would break my heart, but I am seriously wondering if an unofficial reason he's not doing Ghostbusters is because he's ill and just isn't able to do the work. If that's the case, I hope he'll be honest enough with his fans to say so. Hope none of this offends you Mr. Murray.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 7:29 p.m. CST

    oh wow

    by Burnam

    kind of an amusing mental image to think of those two trying to fight eachother

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST

    "less to do with Stern"?!?!!?

    by Malebolgia

    you dumb fucking schmuck!, HE is a GOD. Right along with beetlejuice.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Trailer for the new Stupnitsky/Eisenberg movie is out

    by DougMcKenzie

    The red-band trailer for Bad Teacher is actually pretty fucking funny. If, they can do GBIII as an R, comedy, I think they might have something good.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Not ASTHON!!

    by maxjohnson1971

    Please say it ain't so. Just read that Ivan Reitman said that Ashton Kutcher could possibly be one of the "new recruits" if GB3 gets made. I'm starting to hope Murray lost the script.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 2:37 a.m. CST

    On doing GB3 without Murray...

    by WatchtheWatchers

    Bill Murray owns a sizable chunk of the Ghostbusters franchise, so they can't do a thing without his say-so. That includes merchandising.