Bill Murray Gives 'Ghostbusters' Reboot High Praise: 'I Couldn't Be Happier'

The new gang of Ghostbusters
The new gang of Ghostbusters Sony

For Ghostbusters Day , the cast of the 1984 Ghostbusters and the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot met up on Jimmy Kimmel Live – Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Melissa McCarthy shared the stage with Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts of the original Ghostbusters.

“I couldn’t be happier. These girls did a really good job,” said Murray. Notorious for turning down Ghostbusters pitches, Murray said he chose to give the new Ghostbusters his stamp of approval for one critical reason: “It was only because I knew these girls were funny.”

He was unrestrained in his positivity towards the new movie, continuing:

“When you see the film, and you’ll delight in the film, it sort of rumbles along in the beginning. You’re going, ‘Oh God, are they going to pull this thing off?’ I felt like a stepfather to the whole thing. There is no quit in these girls. This is a tough movie to pull off, because it’s a big concept. There’s a lot on the plate – there’s a lot of expectation,” said Murray.

He added that by the end of their viewing, the old cast was screaming with excitement, “cheering like we were at a sporting event.”

Unfortunately, no one could dig up the corpse of Harold Ramis for another stirring endorsement, but even dark necromantic arts aren’t likely to make a dent in the thick skulls of those who have already made up their minds based on a) girls are gross, b) reboots suck and c) a handful of trailers. Funny how those goalposts move and those standards get real flexible when it comes to the millionth Transformers movie, or Jurassic Park, or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or, like, anything else.

Golden Globe nominee McCarthy could only laugh in response to the cartoonish rants of YouTube armchair warriors: “One minute after they type that, their mom's like 'Get upstairs and take out the garbage. You're 45 years old.'”

Check out a clip from the Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance below:

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