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‘Ghostbusters’: The Surprising Scene Bill Murray Loved Most

‘Ghostbusters’: The Surprising Scene Bill Murray Loved Most

Ghostbusters is filled with hilariously iconic scenes, but one scene in particular hit Bill Murray’s funny bone just right. And you’ll be surprised by which one.

Film School Rejects wrote that Ivan Reitman shared Murray’s favorite scene on the movie’s commentary track. He said it came during the beginning of the movie when Murray’s Dr. Peter Venkman was testing two college students for telekinetic abilities.

During the experiment, Venkman held up cards with the backs facing the test subjects. He asked the subjects if they knew what shape was on the card. If they were wrong, he’d give them a quick electric shock. One of the subjects was an anxious, awkward man. The other was a beautiful blonde.

Venkman, a ladies man, wasn’t exactly playing by the rules. At one point, the man started guessing the shapes correctly, but Venkman told him he was wrong and shocked him anyway. The woman guessed incorrectly, and Venkman told her she was right.

The publication explained that the experiment was based on the Milgram experiment. Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted the tests back in 1961. The point was to see if men over 40 were willing to obey authority by handing out what seemed to be painful shocks to people. In reality, the shocks were fake. The people “receiving” them were just actors.

In the Ghostbusters commentary, Harold Ramis joked that the scene was conceived to see how the audience would accept a hero doling out unjust shocks to the poor, undeserving man.

Bill Murray Said Returning to ‘Ghostbusters’ Was ‘Painful

Bill Murray ended up going from star to a-lister after starring in Ghostbusters. He went on to reprise his role in Ghostbusters II in 1989 and Ghostbusters: Afterlife in 2021. He admitted that returning to the story in the latest addition was hard on his body.

“It was physically painful,” he said during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, per Collider. “Wearing those packs is extremely uncomfortable.”

Murray explained that filming the action scenes required a lot of “wind and dirt” blowing in his face and even more falling down and getting 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,’” he joked. “It was very uncomfortable.”

Bill Murray did admit that the misery paid off in the end and made for a better movie.