Bill Murray’s a stand-up guy. He’s dependable when it comes to siding with the creative side of Hollywood business, even if it means he sometimes has to use the Bill Murray muscle and pick up the phone. In fact, when The Big Bang Theory ran into some red tape with permission to use some footage from Ghostbusters in an episode. Well, who you gonna call? Exactly. Bill Murray.
Big Bang series creator Chuck Lorre back-channeled his need to Joel Murray, Bill’s brother. And the Groundhog Day star apparently didn’t want Lorre to keep running into the same obstacles over and over to get the rights. So Murray called Columbia Pictures, threw around a little Murray muscle and, well, bang. Permission was suddenly granted. I ain’t afraid of no studio executive, Murray probably did not say, but could have. As a result, Sheldon and company got to watch the entire movie (see below). All this and other interesting things about the upcoming season of The Big Bang Theory was revealed this week at San Diego Comic Comic-Con.