You ever hit that mental wall where you just kinda lose the desire to be “politically correct” and just want to say what you truly feel? Well, it seems that original ‘Ghostbusters’ star Dan Aykroyd had one of those moments during a recent interview while talking about the 2016 “reboot” film ‘Ghostbusters: Answer the Call,’ and he didn’t really hold anything back.
Appearing recently on ‘Sunday Brunch,’ a talk-show-style series on British TV’s Channel 4+1 service, Aykroyd made no qualms about where he believed the issue lay with the problems surrounding the 2016 film and its release. He spoke very highly of the cast and the film itself, but he lambasted director Paul Feig and the seeming short-sightedness that led to extremely expensive reshoots being needed prior to the film’s release.
Reportedly, the version of the interview that aired on TV was heavily edited to reduce these semi-inflammatory comments, but an unedited version of the video has made its way online: check it out below, along with the transcript of Aykroyd’s comments.
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“The girls are great in it. Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig – what a wonderful, wonderful players they are – and Leslie Jones. I was really happy with the movie, but it cost too much. And Sony does not like to lose money. It made a lot of money around the world but just cost too much, making it economically not feasible to do another one. So that’s too bad – the director, he spent too much on it. He didn’t shoot scenes we suggested to him and several scenes that were going to be needed and he said “nah, we don’t need them.” Then we tested the movie and they needed them, and he had to go back. About $30 to $40 million in reshoots. So he will not be back on the Sony lot any time soon.”
Seems like a fairly open-and-closed case in Aykroyd’s eyes. No specific word on where the franchise currently sits in terms of concrete future cinematic plans, but we will keep you posted as we hear more!
‘Ghostbusters: Answer the Call’ is out on DVD/Blu-Ray and digital home-video release now.
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