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Bill Murray's cameo in hit 2009 movie Zombieland was originally written for Patrick Swayze.

Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick reveal they created the funny death scene for Ghost star Swayze, but the cancer-stricken actor was too sick to appear.

Reese and Wernick reached out to around a dozen other big stars, customising the scene each time to suit the guest actor, but noted: "Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Bacon, Mark Hamill (all declined)... Jean Claude Van Damme passed, and subsequently, we heard through the grapevine he said it was the biggest mistake of his career."

During a recent chat on filmmaker Kevin Smith's Geeking Out talk show, they admitted they were getting desperate and just two days before the shoot, they approached their leading man, Woody Harrelson, and asked if he was able to recruit any of his famous friends.

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Harrelson did just that, contacting Dustin Hoffman, who was unavailable, and Murray, who was drafted in at the last minute.

The Ghostbusters star's memorable cameo featured Murray lying dead and admitting his only regret is "Garfield, maybe", referring to his 2004 live-action comedy adaptation of the beloved cat cartoon, in which he voiced the titular feline.

  Bill Murray's Zombieland role was created for Patrick Swayze © Provided by Cover Media

Reese and Wernick, who recently penned hit superhero movie Deadpool, also confirmed a Zombieland sequel is still in the works, suggesting the main original cast will all return, adding, "All the cast is pretty excited."

The movie, directed by Ruben Fleischer, also featured Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone, and grossed $102.4 million (£78.1 million) worldwide on a $23.6 million (£18 million) budget.

Swayze died in September, 2009, just weeks before Zombieland's theatrical release.

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