Actor Bill Murray wears a Proton pack in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. That might seem a given, but remember that Murray also appeared in the previous all-female Ghostbusters movie and just had a cameo. We have known for some time that Murray was back for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, now we know that whatever he is doing, he will be at least wearing a Proton Pack in some scenes.
Murray recently had a chat with Collider and talk turned to his Ghostbusters career and therefore Afterlife. Here is Murray talking about when Jason Reitman called out to him about Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
“I remember him calling me and saying, “I’ve got an idea for another Ghostbusters. I’ve had this idea for years.” 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?” 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.”
Murray then went on to moan a little about how heavy those Proton Packs are, even if not quite as bad as the originals.
“I think he’s really got something. It was hard. It was really hard. 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. Usually, when something has a very high misery quotient, something comes of that and some quality is produced that, if you can capture it and project it, comes on the screen and affects you. 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.”
This means we will get to see at least some of the old Ghostbusters suiting up to fight. If I was to guess, I’ll guess that Pete, Ray and Winston will show up at the end to help Egon’s descendants to save the day. I do wonder if Paul Rudd will also be Proton Packed up in that finale? As far as plot goes, I do have a sneaky suspicion that the ghostly activity could have something to do with old Gozer, but that’s pure guess work on my part.
Either way, I’m glad Murray wears a Proton Pack in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. If you are bringing the Ghostbusters back, then give them something exciting to do. What do you think? Let us know in the usual place below.