“The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy. My great grandfather, Dr. Sam Aykroyd, the original Ghostbuster, was a man who empowered women in his day and this is a beautiful development in the legacy of our family business.”
No one believed him. Naysayers accused him of being contractually obligated to praise the film. I’m not sure how people thinks that works. Last year, Kate Mara publicly trashed her ‘Fantastic Four’ fiasco. Just over a week ago, Jeremy Irons badmouthed ‘Batman V Superman’ which is still playing in some theaters. There’s no “play nice” clause in an actor’s contract. But the internet believes what they want and there’s no point in trying to change anyone’s mind when they made it up a year ago before a frame of footage of this movie had been shot.
But Sony has invested millions into this reboot and needs it to at least make back its money, so they’re laying on the promotions really thick. ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ welcomed not just the new cast– Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones– but members of the original cast who all make cameos in the new film– Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts.
Murray, who was the holdout that prevented a third ‘Ghostbusters’ with the original cast from ever getting made, broke his silence and praised the new version:
“When you see the film, and you’ll delight in the film, it sort of rumbles along in the beginning. You’re going, ‘Oh God, are they going to pull this thing off?’ I felt like a stepfather to the whole thing. There is no quit in these girls. This is a tough movie to pull off, because it’s a big concept. There’s a lot on the plate – there’s a lot of expectation. [The original cast] were screaming, cheering like we were at a sporting event.”
That said, why is it that Murray refused to participate in any sort of ‘Ghostbusters’ revival before now (he even blocked the release of action figures based on his likeness) until this movie?
“I thought about it for a very long time. Like, many, many months. No, that’s not right. I was seriously thinking about this for years, really … It kept eating at me, and I really respect those girls. And then I started to feel like if I didn’t do this movie, maybe somebody would write a bad review or something, thinking there was some sort of disapproval [on my part].”
So there you have it. The new movie has Murray’s blessing and both he and Aykroyd loved it. Is that good enough to sway your opinion? (Provided you had a negative opinion to begin with.)
You can watch the full interview with the entire cast below:
Will you be checking out ‘Ghostbusters’ to form your own opinion? Or have you already decided to skip it?
‘Ghostbusters’ will slime into theaters on July 15th in the US.
Source: Comic Book Movie