Bill Murray endorses female Ghostbusters remake: 'It was only cause I knew these girls were funny'
Bill Murray has praised the new Ghostbusters cast and admitted that he was apprehensive to all other pitches for a remake until he saw the suggested lineup for the film.
Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are set to star in the remake of the 1984 classic, which will hit cinemas this July.
Bill Murray, who starred as Dr Peter Venkman in the original film, admitted his reluctance at making another version of the blockbuster until he saw the four women who were lined up for the coveted roles.
Murray and the original cast (Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts) joined forces with the new lineup for an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Kimmel asked the 65-year-old what made him change his mind about a remake, to which he responded: “It was only cause I knew these girls were funny.”
The Groundhog Day actor gushed about the four women, but revealed that he had doubts whether the film could be a success.
“In the beginning I thought, ‘Oh God are they gonna pull this thing off?’” he told the talk show host.
However, his doubts were conquered when he saw the film.
“I feel like a stepfather to the whole thing. There is no quitting in these girls.”
“I’ve worked with Melissa before and a little bit with Kris, but this was a tough movie to pull off cause it’s a big concept.”
“There’s a lot on the plate, there’s a lot of expectation, and Dan, Annie, Ernie and I were just screaming, cheering like we were at a sporting event at the end of it,” he said.
Ghostbusters is out this summer.