Ernie Hudson on the female ‘Ghostbusters 3’: ‘I don’t think the fans want that’

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson is promoting his new movie, You’re Not You, which stars Hilary Swank as a pianist suffering from ALS (Emmy Rossum plays her best friend). Ernie is using this tour to run his mouth about the Ghostbusters 3 movie that was recently confirmed with an all-female cast. Director Paul Feig announced on Twitter that he’ll be directing (and co-writing with Katie Dippold of The Heat) the film:

Ghostbusters fans will remember that Ernie played the non-founding member of the paranormal exterminators in the 1984 film. Most of us would like to forget the 1989 sequel. A third movie has received buzz for years and was originally going to star douchebags like Jonah Hill and Shia LaBeouf. Now that an all-female cast will take the ‘busting torch, things seem more interesting. This won’t be a mere rehash of the original. It’s a full reboot.

Bill Murray has embraced the idea of a famous cast and even dreamcasted his picks: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone, and Linda Cardellini. Emma has practically auditioned already during a hilarious Zombieland scene. Murray is pumped about these women, but Ernie doesn’t feel the same way:

Ernie Hudson, the actor who starred in the original Ghostbusters, has criticised plans to make a new all-female sequel.

The 68-year-old, who played Winston Zeddemore in the 1984 comedy, said the concept was such a departure from the original films that it could not be considered a bona fide Ghostbusters movie.

“I heard it was going to be a total reboot, and that it would have nothing to do with the other two movies,” he said. “If it has nothing to do with the other two movies, and it’s all female, then why are you calling it Ghostbusters?

“I love females. I hope that if they go that way at least they’ll be funny, and if they’re not funny at least hopefully it’ll be sexy. I love the idea of including women, I think that’s great. But all-female I think would be a bad idea. I don’t think the fans want to see that.

“Maybe it will come out and be the most amazing thing, but in my opinion I think it would be wrong to do another movie that didn’t include the guys. And that didn’t include me!”

Director Paul Feig, whose credits include Bridesmaids, is making the new film. Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig is tipped to star. Ivan Reitman, who made the first two Ghostbusters films, was attached to Ghostbusters III as a director but has stepped back. He will remain as producer.

Hudson starred in the original alongside Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Bill Murray. He still attends fan conventions but admits he is no longer in demand as an actor.

“The studio puts out these announcements over the years that there’s going to be another movie and I’m kind of going, that’s interesting, nobody’s told me about it,” he said. “Maybe they just assume. ‘Oh, we know we can get Ernie’ – which is sadly true! I’m not the most difficult one to get.”

[From The Telegraph]

I love females …. [but]” Yeah. Finish that sentence again, Ernie.

These ladies will be busting ghosts, and this movie will be part of the same franchise with shared producers. Yet Ernie feels like the Ghostbusters name shouldn’t be attached because they’re women, basically. Unless they act “sexy,” in which case it’s fine. What Ernie would really prefer is for him to be hired back as a buster. Maybe some females can run around in short skirts too. Ugh.

Ernie dug himself a fine hole here and for nothing. Getting the old crew back would be impossible. Ernie and Dan Aykroyd would be the only original cast members who would want to return. Harold Ramis is no longer of this earth (RIP), and Murray isn’t interested in starring. Murray has better things to do. The women are taking over. If Wiig’s on board, this movie will be quality.

Here’s Ernie with the cast of his new film that he’s not talking about. He’d rather whine about not having a role in Ghostbusters 3.

Ernie Hudson

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  1. QQ says:

    Strike One: “Females”

    Strike two : You’re Grandpa Aged FFS They were never gonna cast you again

    Strike Three: Yeah We DO Want to see it, Bitter Baby!.

    • Mzizkrizten says:

      Oh he’s SO bitter, baby lmao

    • doofus says:

      EVERYTHING you just said.

    • Dani2 says:

      Lol +1 to everything as usual, Q.

    • Mike says:

      I also think Ernie was counting the money from his Ghostbusters 3 appearance. He is pretty old so the attitude is not surprising. As far as the fans go I saw the original and loved it and I would really be happy to watch it again with an all female cast if they cast some really funny people like Tina Fey Kristin Weig or Sara Silverman. They could really give a new take on the series. I just hope it is done first class or people will never stop complaining.

  2. Mzizkrizten says:

    “I love females. I hope that if they go that way at least they’ll be funny, and if they’re not funny at least hopefully it’ll be sexy.”
    This comment pisses me off!!!

    • greenmonster says:

      ^This. It is an atrocious statement! I guess in his eyes women can’t be funny and should just act as sexy sidekick to the male main character.

      • Mike says:

        Sort of ironic considering he was more or less the sidekick when he starred in the movie. He is from a different generation. The world has moved on and he may not have noticed. It happens

    • lucy2 says:

      Me too. It’s bordering on the whole “women can’t be funny” cliche, and then the “if not funny then sexy” thing? Come on, Ernie.

      Also, he shouldn’t assume what the fans do and don’t want. Ghostbusters has long been one of my favorite movies, I practically know it line by line. And if they reboot with a cast of hilarious women, I’m there.

      • Aussie girl says:

        Stuff sexy, give me funny!

      • Betty says:

        While he shouldn’t assume, fans get pissed about this kind of thing all the time. They don’t like colorblind casting or even when a blonde actress is cast to be a brunette character, so I think fans will take issue with this. I think Ernie’s main beef is that he wants to be cast. His statement about “females” made me cringe, but I will always like him because of his role in “The Crow.” I hardly remember “Ghostbusters,” to tell you the truth.

      • Algernon says:


        Fans get pissed, and then the movie ends up doing just fine anyway. Just because some people can’t look outside their box doesn’t mean we should stop trying to get rid of the boxes all together.

  3. greenmonster says:

    My first thought was: please cast Rebel Wilson.

    • Algernon says:

      I don’t know about her. I thought she was funny in Bridesmaids, and she was okay in Pitch Perfect, but the more I’ve seen of her, the more I think she has one schtick and it wears thin if used too much. If they do cast her, I hope it’s in a small part where she can turn it on for one or two great scenes.

  4. happymama says:

    We do want to see an female cast.

    • Wren says:

      And why not? The original cast can’t/won’t be brought back together so why not have something completely new and fresh? If there’s quality comedic actresses cast then I’m all for it. I sincerely hope they don’t go the “sexy” route. Though I love the original guys, they can hardly be called “sexy”. It just wasn’t a part of the theme. They were funny and likable. And if they go the “funny” route for the new movie I hope they don’t go overboard with crude jokes to make a female cast “just like the guys”. The original movies had some innuendo and a touch of vulgarity but it was amusing and not revolting like some more recent movies I’ve seen.

      How apropos, I just watched both Ghostbusters movies over the last couple days! And yes, I like both of them, so sue me.

  5. K says:

    Ernie noooooooooooooo!

  6. epiphany says:

    Male or female, I’m sick to death of Hollywood doing nothing but remaking movies. Everything is a remake, or a comic book movie. ‘Ghostbusters’ is a classic – one of the best films from the 80’s. It was so good, ‘Ghostbusters II’ should never have been made – take that, Ernie Hudson. It should stand on it’s own and not be remade at all.
    Hey Hollywood, have an original thought for a change!

    • Esmom says:

      Ha, I said something similar below. So sick of the remakes, so lazy.

    • JM says:

      Thank you! As stupid and sexist as Ernie’s comments are, I don’t want a remake/reboot/rewhatever of Ghostbusters. Can’t someone come up with an original thought anymore? Have we been so dumbed down by instant gratification, this is the best we can do? Or is it just another case of “follow the money.”

      • Greyson says:

        YES!! I agree!

        I don’t think we need a reboot of ghostbusters with women. For me, is the issue that it’s a REBOOT of a great franchise that DOESN’T NEED to be remade with a new cast!!

        I’m sorry, but it feels exploitative that the hook is “this time they’re women!” So as a woman I’m supposed to automatically love the idea. I think women ghostbusters is inconsequential to the plot. It’s a gimmick to drum up excitement that Hollywood is cashing in on another old franchise instead of doing something original.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        The remake trends are like this for two reasons:

        1. Studios already own rights to the stories, so they save money by going to the vault and seeing what they can re-purpose.

        2. Audiences will PAY to see total crap like the Smurfs or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles because nostalgia gets ’em every time! If people stopped buying the remakes, the studios would stop making them!

    • Jenna says:

      THANK YOU!!! +1,000,000

    • Eleonor says:


    • Jay says:

      I came on to say exactly this. SO over remakes!

    • Algernon says:

      Remakes have always been part of Hollywood. The Wizard of Oz was a remake. Every time the technology changes, everything will get remade/rebooted/sequelized to take advantage of the new technology. (The Wizard of Oz was the sound/technicolor remake of a beloved silent film.)

    • Wren says:

      While I do agree with you, you know they’re going to do it anyway. South Park pointed this out very well. “The president is….. a duck! Starring Rob Schneider. Because f*ck you, you’ll go see it anyway!”

      So IF they’re going to reboot this movie, which they will since the original did so well, I’d rather see something new and possibly good instead of Ghostbusters III: Bustin’ at Shady Acres Retirement Home.

  7. Esmom says:

    He’s an idiot with an ulterior motive but I for one don’t want to see a Ghostbusters reboot, male or female-centered. Or a Say Anything one or any other classic 80s/90s movie. How about some new ideas?

  8. Jaderu says:

    1. Have a dumb and sexist idea
    2. Verbalize dumb and sexist idea
    3. Insult fans of your only claim to fame by assuming that they too are dumb and sexist

    Congrats Ernie on achieving the Idiot Triple Crown.

    • delorb says:

      He seems to have forgotten his horrible treatment during the first two films. He was a lead Ghostbuster, who was not featured prominently in most ads. For someone like him to turn around and say those things shows he’s a bit tone-deaf (to say the least).

  9. Joanie says:

    If they have to make another Ghostbusters movie, I don’t care if they cast male or female actors. I just want a funny, intelligent movie like the first one. ‘Sexy’ shouldn’t even be a thought here.

    Also, he was always my least favorite Ghostbuster.

  10. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Bite me.

  11. Greyson says:

    Can’t they do something original with a female cast instead of remaking yet another classic movie that doesn’t need to be made?

  12. Peppa says:

    I consider myself a huge fan of Ghostbusters (I even enjoyed the awful second film, mostly because of the cute baby) and I wouldn’t mind seeing an all female cast. I hated Kristen Wiig on SNL, but I love her in movies. Emma Stone sounds wonderful, too. Melissa McCarthy, please no. She is so one note in movies lately, I can’t stomach another kooky, creepy, slob role from her. The only thing I would agree with Ernie on is that I don’t understand the stand alone reboot thing. Even if Bill Murray didn’t want to be involved, I would have enjoyed a quick nod to the originals. It could work if the new movie took place in a city other than New York (probably LA), so it would make sense not to run into the original Ghostbusters. Every other thing he said was cringe worthy! If it’s not funny, at least have it be sexy????!!!! Yes, Ernie, if a woman cannot make you laugh because she is just a delicate little flower, hopefully she can turn you on by flashing her cleaving while zapping a ghost with her proton pack.

  13. Londerland says:

    “I love females. I hope that if they go that way at least they’ll be funny, and if they’re not funny at least hopefully it’ll be sexy. I love the idea of including women, I think that’s great. But all-female I think would be a bad idea. I don’t think the fans want to see that.”

    What the what?! “At least” they’ll be funny? As opposed to what? It’s a comedy, anus. Oh but hey, at least they’ll be sexy, right? Because they’re wimmin and that’s the only reason to cast wimmin! Sorry, “females”. Hey, include SOME women, that’s great, that’s revolutionary! But not ALL women, because they’d all get their periods at the same time. Can’t cast all women. Gotta be some dudes, right? Otherwise who’d drive the car?

    Sorry, all my Winston-love just flew out the window. I’ve been defending Ernie Hudson since I was a kid and nobody wanted to be Winston because they all said he was pointless. “The Fans” didn’t want to see a third film at all, of whatever gender, because it was bloody redundant. I guess a sequel was a great idea for him so long as he thought he might get to be in it.

    Who ya gonna call? Rebecca De Mornay, ideally.

  14. grabbyhands says:

    And just like that he became the patron saint of the disgusting neckbeards currently sending death and rape threats to female game developers.

  15. Ari says:

    He was never slated to be in any additional sequels so he has ALWAYS been bitter about this so now that its not even remotely an option (since its a all female cast) he is 10000000x times more bitter and its hilarious!

  16. Jag says:

    If he weren’t whining, it would’ve been a perfect way for him to be in the movie: ghosty things start happening again, and 4 ladies who run a company decide to look up the only remaining original Ghostbuster to teach them the ropes. Mayhem ensues!

    This is my idea and if the writers or producers use it, y’all owe me compensation. lol

  17. feebee says:

    “I love females. I hope that if they go that way at least they’ll be funny, and if they’re not funny at least hopefully it’ll be sexy. I love the idea of including women, I think that’s great. But all-female I think would be a bad idea. I don’t think the fans want to see that.”

    Atrocious paragraph.

    If they go that way… Not IF, but yes they will be funny.
    If they’re not funny… hopefully… sexy… Yeah, because we love it when the likes of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Tiny Fey and our other talented funny ladies put their comedic talents aside to be ‘sexy’. Hey, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogan, whatshisface…. if you can’t bring the funny, let’s see your sexy!!
    Love the idea of INCLUDING women… how bloody gracious.
    All-female… I don’t think the fans want to see that… I think the fans have proven they do want to see female-centric movies. The Ghostbusters thing is another story. I’m happy to wait and see.

  18. NewWester says:

    I honestly thought this actor had died years ago. I can see his career has been so wonderful over the years “sarcasm”

  19. Addison says:

    Michonne I’d like to introduce you to Ernie…

  20. Marianne says:

    I dont mind the idea of women doing it, I just hope it doesn’t end up like Bridemaids (because I really didnt care for that movie at all). Though I totally love Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Emma Stone so I would definitely love if they were in the cast.

  21. Dany says:

    i don´t think a remake will be good. The original was a nerdy 80s movie. It won´t work today the same way. Either this 3rd one becomes a stand alone movie without non-stop references to the original or it will be a forced, special effects overloaded silly movie without the charisma of the original.

  22. TheCountess says:

    He’s not wrong – I know a lot of fans of the movie who are opposed to a reboot, or anything other than a sequel with Murray and Ackroyd (and Hudson and Potts and Moranis). Especially when you toss in the prospect of Melissa McCarthy in the cast, who is as one -note as they come (she’s as bad and unfunny as Chris Farley), the lack of enthusiasm is quite strong in that demographic.

    I’m not a ‘superfan’ – I’m not particularly opposed if the cast is enticing. I’d see it with Fey and Poehler, maybe Stone. But toss McCarthy in there, and I’m out.

  23. Kat says:

    Well none of us could be alive in the world without noticing that men – aul fellas in particular – don’t want to watch films/read books/listen to comedy/listen to music by women or featuring women in a prominent role. So really, it’d be more surprising if he wasn’t a hidebound, reactionary, limited old git like most of his generation.

  24. Godwina says:

    As some random wise fellow said on Twitter the other day: If you think Ghostbusters starring 4 women is a ‘gimmick,’ what do you call something that stars 4 men?

    Anyway, Starbuck forever changed that transcript AFAIC. You just can’t know until it’s out. That said, I haven’t enjoyed GB since I was a kid, so I don’t really have a horse in this race. Except to say EH is ick+.

  25. idontknowyouyoudontknowme says:

    To be fair, I do agree on one count… do we really NEED a reboot of any old movies anymore??? I’m tired of remakes 🙁

  26. claire says:

    I’ve seen nothing but excitement about this on the internet. He’s projecting. I do agree though that it’s weird it’s a reboot. It should be more of a continuance, IMO. Like, they could have had this be a franchise of the original company.

  27. Arya Martell says:

    Give us Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy and I doubt anyone will be complaining. But I think that doing a reboot is kind of dumb.

  28. Nikki says:

    I hate the way he said it, but he may have a point. It was and is a popular franchise. People are used to a certain look: 4 guys. even if a reboot was done with 4 different guys it would probably still be more successful than a reboot done with 4 women. Not saying that 4 women wouldn’t make a good ghostbusters flick, they absolutely could, I just don’t think they’d get people out to see it.

  29. Veronica says:

    The remake will probably be terrible given how ham handed Hollywood does remakes these days, but I don’t care. I will watch the shit out of it. And yeah, it is because it’ll feature women. Because I am a woman, and if Hollywood wants to pry its cash out of my manicured fingers, they better start giving me movies that makes me give a shit. F*ck knows that I’m tired of White Men Doing Shit. I have spent my life watching men doing shit, being told that men did all the shit, and that historically, women did jack shit. I’m so over it, I’m ten miles into the stratosphere.

  30. Corey says:

    I hope Melissa McCathy answers their call…she would be perfect!

  31. moot says:

    All female is great. But would it be a stretch now to also ask for token diversity while we’re at it? Mindy Kalling? I know you’re busy, but…

    Or what about Jessica Williams? She’s a perfect fit for Ghostbusters wry and not-so-wry humour.

    Or Charlyne Yi or Nicole Byer. I’m just throwing out names, but I’m sure there’s a very talented complete list of funny non-white women somewhere.

    Either way, I’m totally in for an all-women cast of Ghostbusters!

  32. K says:

    His whole attitude is that real people, real fans, real movie goers are male. It’s bewildered incomprehension that there is another half of the population out there.

    I remember as a kid watching the debates on women priests in the Church of England, and one earnest vicar said that if you had a woman priest, some of the congregation might be distracted from prayer and feel desire in their hearts, and that this made it morally wrong to appoint women as it would be an invitation to sin. And as a kid I just blinked at the screen, because I couldn’t understand, in my innocence, how he didn’t see that half the population were women so presumably some had to cope with that already.

    Feminism truly is the radical notion that women are people. We identify with male protagonists all the time, and to judge from the success of the Hunger Games at least some guys can with a female. And women and men can be funny, and both can be sexy. But apparently this guy thinks it’s a dicy proposition, women being funny, but hey, at least they can show a little tits’n’ass. So there’s always the sexual objectification possibility, if all else fails.

    The fact a mainly women cast in a movie is so controversial is proof there’s still so far to go. Why aren’t any of these people thinking it could be cool and interesting as an idea?

  33. Chris says:

    I’m actually one of the few people who thought the original was overrated and I have no interest in seeing an uninspired sequel.