Ghostbusters became an instant classic when it was released in 1984, and because of the iconic status of that original movie there are a lot of pissed fans who hate the idea of the rebooted Ghostbusters that’s due to be released this summer. I mean, like, super pissed. But, the film has gotten some positive reviews from the stars of the first production. Ernie Hudson, who played Winston Zeddemore in the film, has now spoken out about his feelings for the new movie.
Yeah you know I, we all do a cameo in the movie. Me, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts. It's a great script, the girls are really funny, they have a great camaraderie and chemistry that I think is going to come through on screen, and I think a lot of the criticism will go away once they see the movie because I think the movie is going to be pretty extraordinary.
Ernie Hudson spoke with the MPW Digital TV Celebrity Hotline and talked to the hosts about his experience working on the new film toward the end of the interview. Hudson was clearly impressed with his time on the set of the movie and what’s been done with this new iteration of the classic story.
Ghostbusters, of course, deals with a pioneering team of ghost-stopping scientists who try to keep the specters from completely taking over New York City. The first team was made up of Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The new ghost-busting team is made up of an all-female cast which comprises comedy superstar Melissa McCarthy and Saturday Night Live alums or current members Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
A significant portion of the negative buzz for the film stems simply from the fact that the film was re-made at all. People do not like having their favorites messed with, and they can be very vocal about just the idea of a classic being subjected to a remake. The general feeling is that it ruins the legacy of the original film, and also that these remakes tend to be unnecessary. Even movies that aren’t really considered classics get negative word-of-mouth because movie buffs see the remake/reboot trend as Hollywood being lazy.
Ernie Hudson seems to think that the new film will work since the women in the cast have a "great camaraderie and chemistry" that will be readily apparent once people get into the theater for the newfangled Ghosbusters. The problem, of course, is that there are a ton of people who don’t plan to give the film a chance. When the trailer was released, YouTube was inundated with negative comments. So many, in fact, that the new Ghostbusters trailer has the not-great distinction of being the most disliked trailer in the history of the channel.
Since the producers of the new film were willing to give Ernie Hudson, and the other original stars, cameos in the movie, he was unlikely to say anything bad about Ghostbusters 2.0. So, time will tell if audiences are actually going to give it a shot. Well, what do you think? Is Hudson’s opinion enough to get you into the theater? Let us know in the comments.