"For this next scene, I show up inexplicably wearing a new VHS set as a hat."
Maybe she reverted to 90210's Brenda Walsh mode for a minute there and felt a little entitled? Or maybe it was because, as Smith also reports, it was "Shando" who "singlehandedly got Mallrats the green light" in the first place. Nonetheless, it was a pretty weaselly move. We might have expected something like that from Jason Mewes (or certainly from pre-Daredevil Ben Affleck), but it probably came as a shock when Smith discovered that little Jenny Wilder from Little House On The Prairie was grifting him out of the type of clothes she could have easily picked up on sale at Target. But he must have at least he been grateful that she wasn't around for the filming of Clerks, when the loss of about $45 might have bankrupted his entire career before it even began.
Bill Murray Only Starred In Ghostbusters To Get A Whole Other Film Made
What was your favorite part about the original Ghostbusters? Sure, Sigourney Weaver was a laugh-a-minute onscreen, and Rick Moranis' portrayal of Louis Tully / Vinz Clortho was an expertly nuanced tour de force, but we're willing to bet that for most people, it was Bill Murray. However, he almost wasn't in it -- which means there almost wasn't a Ghostbusters at all. And the only reason Murray did show up was because he wanted to get this other movie made:
Ralph Fiennes looks a little disheveled in this performance.
We can't blame you if you haven't heard of the book The Razor's Edge, or either of the movies that were based on it. All of them tell the story of a World War I soldier who gets depressed, goes on a spiritual journey, and winds up hanging out with some lamas in Nepal. It's pretty much the opposite of hilarious. And yet Murray liked the story so much that he wrote his own screenplay for a new film version, which he wanted to star in. Unfortunately, the studios weren't too keen on forking out millions in order for the goofy guy who had just finished Caddyshack and Stripes to star in a dramatic, nation-hopping, "path to enlightenment" flick, for some reason.
If you get drunk enough, you can watch this as a Caddyshack prequel, so you've got that goin' for you, which is nice.
Murray's solution was to essentially hold another film hostage. See, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis were having trouble finding any bankable stars to join them in the strange little movie about blue-collar paranormal waste technicians they were making. John Belushi was originally supposed to be the guy who would get butts into theater seats, but when he switched sides and became an actual ghost, it looked like they were up slime creek without a proton pack. Murray seemed like the perfect choice ... but he'd only do it on the condition that the studio pay for his crazy-sounding, "one man's search for himself in Nepal" pet project.
This was also a spiritual journey, in that they sent every wayward and confused soul they saw straight to Hell.
According to former Columbia Pictures chairman Frank Price, "the only way I had a chance to get Ghostbusters made was if I did this thing without demanding a commitment from Bill." So it wasn't even guaranteed that Murray would follow through with the deal, apparently. He could have just fucked off and stayed in Nepal, since his movie was shot first. Even Murray admits that he "told them I'm going to do The Razor's Edge or there will be no more Biggie Goes to College Movies" (whatever that means).
Of course, Ghostbusters went on to become the iconic blockbuster that we all know and love, while The Razor's Edge flopped like a carp, made only half of its budget back, and nearly caused Murray to give up show business for good.
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