Dan Aykroyd Confirmed for New ‘Ghostbusters’ Cameo

15 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Confirmed: Dan Aykroyd Will Cameo In Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters.

Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot may include a link to the past. An old Ghostbuster meets the new as Dan Aykroyd has been confirmed to appear in Paul Feig’s upcoming “Ghostbusters” starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

Dan Aykroyd, who played one of the titular specter exterminators in each of Ivan Reitman’s comedies, announced Tuesday on Twitter that he was filming a scene with Kristin Wiig in the new film. After many false starts, mostly due to the reluctance of original star Bill Murray, Sony Pictures decided to move forward with a reboot of the franchise instead.

Earlier today, Aykroyd tweeted a message saying, “On GB set shooting my scene with funny beautiful Kristen Wiig Lady GB’S are adorable, hilarious and badass Exhilarating! #ghostbusters.” Aykroyd since deleted the tweet; however, Entertainment Weekly confirmed the actor’s involvement in the film with his representatives. During the Sony email hack a year ago, Bill Murray’s reluctance to participate in the Paul Feig-directed film came to light, with the studio going as far as to suggest legal action against the star for refusing to come on board. Raymond Stantz) has long been a close friend to the reboot-slash-sequel process involved with Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters.” Whereas some of his former O.G. (Original Ghostbusters) proton pack-wearers have been pretty ho hum about getting involved, Aykroyd’s been a vocal champion for the newest round of goo-gunning (he even co-wrote the script with Katie Dippold).

Aykroyd has previously expressed his excitement over the female-led cast of the new “Ghostbusters” chapter, writing on Facebook that his “heart soars for Melissa, Kristen, Kate, Leslie and Paul who are about to have the time of their lives and who also will deliver an exciting, high quality, massive hit movie.” Feig’s female Ghostbusters film is currently in principal photography, and Feig himself is releasing more and more information via his official Twitter account.

A quick browsing of the comments on Feig’s tweets show that reaction is very mixed, with the more passionate fans being opposed to just about everything the movie is releasing. Along with an official photo of the girls in costume, we’ve also seen the new proton packs, the new uniforms, the new Ecto-1 and the introduction of the Ecto-2, a Honda Scrambler motorcycle most likely ridden by Kate McKinnon. Of course, it hasn’t taken very long to dismiss these criticisms as being nothing more than the whinings of pathetic, mysoginistic man-babies who are just mad because the Ghostbusters are now female. To be sure, the obvious gimmicky pandering of Sony in making an all-female Ghostbusters team, advertising it as such – not just a Ghostbusters movie that happens to be about women, but blatantly bragging about it being an all female reboot and even casting alpha-male Chris Hemsworth – Thor from the Marvel Cinematic Universe – as the lady Ghostbusters’ new secretary is something fans have railed against.

If this had been four female comedians who had secured the rights to the film themselves, wrote it themselves, and had put themselves truly into it the way Dan Aykroyd and the guys did back in the 80s, fans wouldn’t have an issue at all. This film was pre-packaged as an all-female vehicle, and it was handed to these women on a silver platter for no other reason than to serve an agenda-pushing Hollywood, and that agenda is decidedly anti-man. While it is very possible the movie might end up genuinely being everything Ghostbusters fans could ever want, it would take strong word of mouth to reverse the already negative opinions being formed by fans.

Feminists are an extremely powerful, thug-like lobby, having already bullied Ernie Hudson into retracting his criticism of the film, so many critics may give the film a favorable review just so they don’t have to deal with the backlash of speaking their true opinions. “It’s a knockoff at every level,” Surprenant writes. “Rather than developing brand new characters as a whole, they’ve intentionally taken the mold and slapped new faces into previously existing roles. That means we’re expecting the new cast to replace the old, not be new characters.” With everything that’s been released thus far, it’s hard to argue with Surprenant’s assertions.

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