When it became clear that Ghostbusters III was never going to happen, fans pretty much gave up hope that any of the original cast members would return to the roles which helped make them famous. Bill Murray in particular was one longtime holdout, and while his cameo in the reboot is rumoured to see him play a ghost debunker rather than Peter Venkman, it’s hard to not get excited about the prospect of him appearing in the new Ghostbusters movie.

After shying away from the franchise for so long, why would he now return? “I thought about it for a very long time,” he reveals. “Like, many, many months. No, that’s not right. I was seriously thinking about this for years, really… It kept eating at me, and I really respect those girls. And then I started to feel like if I didn’t do this movie, maybe somebody would write a bad review or something, thinking there was some sort of disapproval [on my part].”

Referring to the all-female cast as “a great hope”, Murray went on to reflect on his time on the set. “You know, they were incredibly nice to ask me, and I really enjoyed being there. They have such a jolly group, and they are going to have great success with this project. I didn’t want to overshadow [them] or anything, and I feel really good about it. I like those girls a lot. I mean, I really do. They are tough to say no to. And Paul is a real nice fellow.”

Whether these comments will put the minds of sceptical fans at ease remains to be seen, but it’s nice to see someone so closely involved with the original Ghostbusters movies have such good things to say about the reboot. We’ll find out if it’s any good on July 15th, 2016!