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When Bill Murray says it, it is so. He's dead.

In the upcoming 'Ghostbusters' sequel, we mean.

In a recent interview with the Daily Mail -- in which the star defended his difficult reputation, said 'Groundhog Day' was robbed at the Oscars and claimed the few scenes that featured him in 1989's 'Ghostbusters 2' were "the only funny ones in the movie" -- Murray confirmed months (years?) of Internet speculation by stating for the record that yes, he'll be in 'Ghostbusters 3' and yes, he'll play a ghost.

"I said to them, 'I'll do it if you kill me off in the first reel'," he told Martyn Palmer. "So now they're going to have me as a ghost in the film."



When Bill Murray says it, it is so. He's dead.

In the upcoming 'Ghostbusters' sequel, we mean.

In a recent interview with the Daily Mail -- in which the star defended his difficult reputation, said 'Groundhog Day' was robbed at the Oscars and claimed the few scenes that featured him in 1989's 'Ghostbusters 2' were "the only funny ones in the movie" -- Murray confirmed months (years?) of Internet speculation by stating for the record that yes, he'll be in 'Ghostbusters 3' and yes, he'll play a ghost.

"I said to them, 'I'll do it if you kill me off in the first reel'," he told Martyn Palmer. "So now they're going to have me as a ghost in the film."

While there have been some misdirections in recent months, this revelation isn't a complete surprise. During her press tour for 'Avatar' in December, Sigourney Weaver let slip that she'd caught a glimpse of the 'GB3' script, and that Murray had a ghostly presence in it.

But Weaver's comments were since been debunked online, and even Ivan Reitman attempted to do some damage control when he confirmed last month he'd be directing the third installment in the now twenty-six year old franchise.

"I'm not going to comment on what's in the script and on what Sigourney may or may not have said," Reitman said at the National Board of Review Awards. "She's been so busy on 'Avatar,' I've not been able to find her. There's some very cool things in the new draft [of the script], let's just put it that way."

But now, thanks to Murray, we know its all been smoke and mirrors. Or has it? Murray's been known to have a little fun with his image, and even poke fun at his old roles. So is this a case where Murray's candor can be trusted, or is he pulling our chain?