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Bill Murray says filming ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ was “physically painful”


It is not necessarily a quote that the marketing team for Ghostbusters: Afterlife would be thankful for, but fortunately, he also added that the film “has the feel of the first one”.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife looks set to be one of the summer sensations that welcomes us into cinemas with a nostalgic bang. The film industry has been blighted by the pandemic much like everything else, and a light-hearted bit of fun, thrills and reminiscing is very much what the doctor ordered for the big screen return. The forthcoming instalment in the franchise will see original cast members, Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson and Dan Aykroyd, join Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard, everybody’s favourite everyman Paul Rudd, and rising stars McKenna Grace and Carrie Coon. 

However, the making of the movie wasn’t all plain sailing for Murray. Speaking at a Q&A at the 36th Santa Barbara Film Festival, where he was adorned with the Maltin Modern Master Award, the comedic star detailed his involvement in the Jason Reitman-directed project. 

“I remember him calling me and saying, ‘I’ve got an idea for another Ghostbusters. I’ve had this idea for years,” Murray recalled. “I thought, ‘What the heck could that possibly be?’ I remember him when he was a kid. I remember his Bar Mitzvah. I was like, ‘What the heck? What does this kid know?’”

Murray continued: “But he had a really, really wonderful idea that he wrote with another wonderful guy that I got to work with, Gil Kenan, who made City Of Ember. The two of them wrote a Ghostbusters movie that really brings it back to life. It really has the feel of the first one, more than the second one or the girls’ one. It has a different feel than two out of four.”

Fortunately, for the viewing audience, the aforementioned “pain” was related to strains of costume as opposed to a painful filming process. “I think he’s really got something. It was hard. It was really hard,” Murray added. “That’s why I think it’s gonna be good. We were just in it for a little while, but it was physically painful. Wearing those packs is extremely uncomfortable. We had batteries the size of batteries. They now have batteries the size of earrings. It’s still a really heavy thing to wear, all the time.

“The special effects in this one are a lot of wind and dirt in your face, and there was a lot of going down and getting back up. I was like, ‘What is this? What am I doing? These are like Bulgarian deadlifts, or a Russian kettlebell, getting up and down with this thing on my back.’ It was very uncomfortable.”

It was his parting words, however, that really added to the excitement building amongst fans of the franchise. Murray added, “I think it comes out sometime in the fall. They’ve delayed it for a year or a year and a half, but I’m glad they did. It will be worth seeing.”