If you thought famed rare Pokémon Bill Murray would stray from his tried and true “send him a script and pray” method of accepting projects in the case of the much-ballyhooed remake of one of his most beloved movies, you don’t know Bill Murray all that well. At a Q&A in New York last night, part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ ‘Spotlight on Screenwriting’ series, Ghostbusters co-writer Katie Dippold spoke about what it took to make Murray’s cameo happen, and… yeah, that’s about what you’d expect.
“Bill Murray, we had that part for him, and then we sent him the script and then just waited and waited and waited until the day before shooting that scene. And we did not know if he was going to come. And then I think we received word he was flying in, and then it was still like, ‘but will he come here?!’ And it kept being like, ‘oh, we sent a car, he’s in the car.’ ‘OK, OK!’ And then he came onset and it was like everyone just gasped. Everyone was blown away. Because we constantly tried to keep it a secret on-set; I don’t think a lot of the crew knew he was coming. So their minds were blown. But he was lovely and super-nice, and he was always so supportive. So we were really grateful for him.”
I like to think there’s an alternate universe where Bill Murray flew into Boston to film his Ghostbusters cameo and then said fuck it and crashed someone’s pool party instead.