Dan Aykroyd Likes Ghostbusters Reboot and Not Just Because He’s In It
The “Ghostbusters” reboot has been haunted by social media haters for months now, the trailer earning the dubious distinction as the most-disliked video on YouTube of all time. The attacks have focused on the all-female lineup and what critics have called the racist casting of African-American actress Leslie Jones as the only non-scientist.
Since the comedy won’t be released until July 15, the backlash has been based only on trailers and TV spots, and director Paul Feig and stars Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig have both responded with surprise, concern and, in the case of Feig, anger.
Dan Aykroyd Got an Early Test Screening of Ghostbusters Reboot
Now another voice is defending the film: Dan Aykroyd, who starred in the original versions and has a cameo in the reboot along with Bill Murray, who also appeared in the first two.
“As originator of the original: Saw test screening of new movie. Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films plus Bill Murray is in it!” he writes on Facebook. “I’m paying to see that and bringing all my friends!”
The vitriol has caught the cast and filmmakers by surprise.
“The fact there was so much controversy because we were women was surprising to me,” Wiig revealed recently to the LA Times. “Some people said some really not nice things about the fact that there were women. It didn’t make me mad, it just really bummed me out. We’re really honoring those movies.”
Of course, there were females for girls to identify with in the 1984 hit – a damsel in distress played by Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts as a secretary. This time around, God-among-men “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth, who at 6’3″ – ironically and laughably – has been relegated to fighting evildoers by answering the phone lines as a receptionist.
Feig previously told Variety that the comments were “some of the most vile, misogynistic s— I’ve ever seen in my life.”