Comedian and actor Dan Aykroyd took time out recently from promoting his Crystal Head Vodka to talk about the new “Ghostbusters” reboot. And he made no bones about it — he not only thinks the all-female rework a great idea, he sings nothing but praise for the women chosen to fill those iconic roles.
Uproxx reported August 8 that legendary actor Dan Aykroyd was excited to talk about the new “Ghostbusters” reboot, mentioning that he had a cameo in the film and telling Pedestrian.TV that the women of the second incarnation were “just bada**.” In fact, that’s the way he started the interview, then launched into a string of complimentary descriptors, finding the cast “funny, cute, adorable, appealing, and smart. Real smart. You know, there’s an intellectual smartness to them.”
Aykroyd said that the way the women had “taken the story and made it their own,” a story that he originally co-wrote with actor Harold Ramis, made him happy, and he believes the movie will be a hit. When asked if he provided any advice, he admitted that he had tossed out some suggestions but doesn’t know if any of it will be used. “They made it their own,” he said,” and that was what I was pleased to see.”
He insisted his part, a cameo, was “tiny, tiny.” Aykroyd also insisted that director Paul Feig and the four co-stars don’t need any of the 1984 film’s original actors, noting that “they are solidly on an independent footing” and he hoped it would empower a new generation of young women to entertain the notion of going into scientific and paranormal research. (For those not in the know, Dan Aykroyd is a stalwart advocate of paranormal and UFO research.)
When asked about the famous scene in the original “Ghostbusters” where his character stares in shock with the cigarette dangling from his lip, he laughed and said it was a fluke, a perfect moment caught by the camera, because he expected the cigarette to just drop to the floor. He laughed at the scene’s impact, noting that he had even seen it tattooed on a guy’s arm.
And “Ghostbusters” co-star Bill Murray? He called the comedic actor, whom he had worked with on “Saturday Night Live,” a “maelstrom, a psychic force” and “mega mega superstar high wattage massive charismatic appeal” that he hoped would be in the movie.
Well, the stars aligned (or something like that). It was confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday that Bill Murray will also be in the upcoming “Ghostbusters” film.
“Ghostbusters” is slated for a July 2016 release. Filming began on the reboot in June.