The original “Ghostbusters” have some stories to tell about their time making the original two movies, which is the type of thing you could probably sell as a documentary series at Netflix or Hulu. To promote the release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife in theaters, the original crew of Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson made the late night TV rounds to talk about the new movie, but also share some tales from the 1980s glory days. (Because isn’t reliving the 80s what this whole exercise is about?)
The three actors appeared on The Tonight Show, marking the first time we’ve seen the gang together in a LONG time. Sadly, of course we’ll always miss Harold Ramis, who passed in 2014. But friends and collaborators talked about passing the Ghostbusters torch to a new generation, and why, after all these years, it felt right to pick up the proton packs again.
“Jason Reitman wrote a great script, so full of heart, going right back to the first two movies and its DNA and its heart… We just read it and thought, ‘This is the right time,'” Aykroyd said.
Murray said it helped that director Jason Reitman practically grew up on the set, as his dad directed the original.
“He had his own take because he grew up as a child of the ‘Ghostbusters’ in a way. He had something he thought would work as a good story and we all agreed that he got it.” In true Murray style, he also added that the young Reitman was “a pain in the ass” on the set of the original.
Ernie Hudson also laughed at himself when he was asked what it was like working with a group of comedians. He answered, in true Winston fashion, “I’m always looking for a job, so I was happy just to be working.”
The movie has a TON of hype, but as far as “this is the right time,” I mean, it sort of has to be, right? Hudson is in his mid-70s, Murray is in his early 70s, and Aykroyd is nearly 70. We wait much longer, and they’ll need wheelchair adapters for those proton packs.
For anyone who grew up in the late 80s/early 90s, it’s amazing to see the Ghostbusters back together, albeit briefly, in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, in theaters now.