In an interview with Vulture, Bill Murray explained why he had to accept Paul Feig’s offer to take a small cameo role in the forthcoming Ghostbusters reboot.

“I thought about it for a very long time. 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].

Murray didn’t give any details about his cameo, but he was quick to praise director Paul Feig and his ensemble female leads.

“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.”

Unlike other lifelong fans of Ghostbusters, I’m all for a fresh take on the material after plans to reunite the original cast were abandoned. Once you accept that a reboot was always going to happen, a female-centric version is a perfectly valid way to go. Any doubts I had that Feig’s brand of humour might not be a good fit were silenced after I watched Spy. His third movie with Melissa McCarthy was a ruddy triumph, action packed and ridiculously funny it was more than enough to convince me that Ghostbusters was in safe hands. 

Billy Murray won’t be the only original cast member to making a cameo, Dan Aykroyd already confirmed his involvement, but there’s still no word on an appearance from Ernie Hudson. Starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth, Ghostbusters arrives in cinemas on July 15, 2016.