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“ Yes, we will be doing the movie and hopefully with Mr. Murray,” he says, “That is our hope. We have an excellent script. What we have to remember is that ‘Ghostbusters’ is bigger than any one component, although Billy was absolutely the lead and contributive to it in a massive way, as was the director and Harold [Ramis], myself and Sigourney [Weaver]. The concept is much larger than any individual role and the promise of ‘Ghostbusters 3′ is that we get to hand the equipment and the franchise down to new blood.”
Today in Poignant Wikipedia Articles: Living and Dying in Bill Murray’s Shadow. Voice actor Lorenzo Music is primarily recognized as the voice of Garfield. In 1986, he signed on to become the voice of Peter Venkman—Bill Murray’s character—in the ABC cartoon version of “Ghostbusters.” But Murray complained that Music sounded like the cartoon cat, and the voice actor was dropped from the show.
After Music died in 2001, Murray played the voice of a CGI Garfield in 2004 and 2006 films. Murray famously told GQ that he only took the work because he mistakenly thought it was a Coen brothers film.
Bill’s on everybody’s list. The idea of trying to wrangle the most elusive actor in Hollywood to our cast in two months was a bit out of our depths. But (producer Dean Zanuck) decided to call up Bill’s attorney and give it a whirl. We sent a synopsis and he said he would forward it to Bill. But we would likely not hear back. He wasn’t trying to be discouraging. He has spent years with Bill, as his attorney, and he wanted to be realistic.
Dean called me one day and said, “I got a voice mail. You have to hear this.” It was Billy Murray saying, “Yeah, this is Bill. I’m interested in this role. If you haven’t done anything with it, I’d like to read the script.” And he gave us a P.O. number. We jumped up and down and sent the script to this P.O. Box.
And then we thought, now what? It’s not like we can call the agent to see what he thought. We had to wait to hear from him which was the most maddening thing. The one nice thing about agents and managers is that you can touch base. But not Bill.
A couple of weeks later Bill called Dean and he actually talked to Dean’s assistant first. He was trying to find out if her boss was a good guy. The assistant finally passed the phone to Dean. And after they talked he said, give me your director, I’ll call him. And then another day goes by. I’m sleeping with the phone by my head. I’m answering every call. It’s the rug people. I had no idea so many people called me before 9 o’clock…
It was nerve-wracking. We had a good conversation and he said this was all very interesting. And he hung up and he disappeared again.
We were getting to the point that the movie investors were so excited that if he were to fall out it could kill the buzz. And we were getting to the point where we were going to have to start talking about other actors. So I wrote this letter. Sent it off to the post office box. And Bill got it.