Old Ghostbusters Meet the New Ghostbusters: 'These Girls Were Funny'

Ghostbusters Original Cast Unites with New Ghostbusters Stars

Old and new Ghostbusters casts on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Old and new Ghostbusters casts on Jimmy Kimmel Live

With the “Ghostbusters” reboot facing huge expectations and an Internet backlash, who are you gonna call?

How about the original “Ghostbusters.”

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Annie Potts and Ernie Hudson joined Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday night to compare notes and share the love.

It’s been more than three decades since the slime first flew in the 1984 action comedy, and McKinnon said she loved it then — even though she wasn’t born yet.

“I was in-utero, and, God, I laughed,” she said. “I’ll never forget it.”

“I was in Plainfield, Illinois. I was 14. I may have seen it repeatedly,” said McCarthy. “I was slightly obsessed with it.”

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The original cast members all returned for cameos. And Murray explained why he agreed all these years later to revisit the franchise.

“It was only because I knew these girls were funny,” he said. “When you see the film, and you’ll delight in the film, it sort of rumbles along in the beginning, and you go: Oh, God, are they going to pull this thing off? I felt like a stepfather in the whole thing. There is no quit in these girls.”

Opening July 15, “Ghostbusters” already has faced a storm on the Internet, with critics objecting to everything from the all-woman cast to what some called the racist casting of Jones, an African-American actress, as the only non-scientist.

“This is a tough movie to pull off because it’s a big concept,” noted Murray. “There’s a lot on the plate. There’s a lot of expectation. And Danny and I and Annie and Ernie were just screaming, cheering like we were at a sporting event at the end of it.”