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DAN AYKROYD TALKS UP GHOSTBUSTERS 3; PROMISES THE BLACK GUY WILL BE BACK
July 14 2009
Hollywood, CA – There doesn’t seem to be a day that goes by when film enthusiasts don’t get excited by talk of a new Ghostbusters film. With the original picture well past the stage of an icon and into the realm of legend, a sequel would seem to be a no-brainer. Despite that though it has been twenty-years since the release of the last
film and for almost that entire time the players, specifically start and writer Dan Aykroyd, have been trying to mount a new film, something that now more than ever seems to be a tangible dream.
With recent announcements regarding writers and casting the sequel seems to be on track and ready for production. With growing anticipation for the movie many are hoping that their years of waiting will not have been in vain. With stars Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, and Aykroyd himself already signed many are hoping for a return of all the major players from the previous two films. With Rick Moranis and Annie Potts outside chances for a return, Aykroyd has confirmed that at least one more original cast member will return; the black one.
“We are all super excited about coming back. We have a great story and great writers behind the project. It’s going to feel so great strapping those proton packs back on and busting ghosts. I have a feeling that it will be like we never left and we hope that fans will feel that way as well,” said Aykroyd in an exclusive interview with Scrape TV News. “We’re working on Ricky. He’s really enjoying his retirement but we really want him back. I know all the fans do too. Hopefully he’ll be willing to come out and do just this one role. Louis was always like a fourth Ghostbuster and we’d love to have him back. And yes, the other guy will be back. What’s his name. Umm, you know who I mean, the African-American guy. Vernie? No, Ernie, that’s it. Yeah, he’s coming back too. It’s great to have him back.”
Ernie Hudson played the new hire in the original film. His character, Winston Zeddemore, joined the team as the only non-scientist of the bunch and had probably the most forgettable of all the roles in the two films, dwarfed only by the guy who turned off the protection grid in the first movie.
“Arguably the guy who shut off the protection grid had a far more important role. His actions really set off the climax of the film in which Winston was only a participant. Without that guy there would have been no third act even if he was only doing what he was told to do. I’d argue that as a character he had more intrinsic value than the Winston character who really was superfluous,” said Scrape TV Entertainment analyst Tracey Temple. “I did a quick Google search and it appears that this Ernie Hudson guy has actually done a fair amount of work outside Ghostbusters. I can’t say that I’ve personally seen any of that work, but he sure seems to have done a lot of it.”
Hudson’s also well known for his role on the television show ‘Oz’ in which he played the black warden of a fictional prison. As was the fate with his Ghostbusters role, he was not the most memorable character from that program.
“I suppose when it came to Ghostbusters he was up against a wall. Going up against comic geniuses like Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Rick Moranis couldn’t have been easy and that’s part of what makes him so easy to forget. Those dominating and iconic performances, as well as the spectacular set pieces, are what drive the movie, not the subtlety of the supporting roles,” continued Temple. “I’d like to say with honesty that he did his best against those powerful performances but I really can’t remember. I do remember something about a Twinkie, but I could just be making that up. Anyways, good to know he’ll be back. I’m sure the fans will be overjoyed.”
When pressed for details Aykroyd would not comment on whether or not the guy who shut down the protection grid would also return. That role was played high school teacher Larry Dilg who has largely shunned the spotlight since his appearance in the original film.