30 years ago today, Ivan Reitman‘s Ghostbusters hit theaters nationwide, resulting in widespread acclaim and racking up an enormous gross of nearly $300 million worldwide. More importantly, however, is how the comedy adventure has lived on with audiences and still holds up today. We sincerely hope the foolish decision of a third film doesn’t push forward, but today it’s time to go back to the summer of 1984.
To celebrate its anniversary we have three interviews from a trio of the film’s stars, Dan Aykroyd, Rick Moranis, and the late Harold Ramis. The lattermost discusses how he doesn’t believe in sequels, while Aykroyd talks his Indiana Jones role that summer and both talk about their relationship with John Belushi (particularly negative thoughts about Bob Woodward‘s then-forthcoming book about him).
Meanwhile, Moranis talks about being typecast as a nerd and how he was almost cast in The Breakfast Club. These interviews are also completely unedited, so it’s fairly funny/unsettling to see interviewer Bobbie Wygant conjure up reaction shots towards the end. Check each one of them out below (via Refocused Media) for a 30-minute trip back 30 years ago.
Ghostbusters can be watched on Netflix and will return to theaters nationwide on August 29th.
Is Ghostbusters amongst your favorite comedies? What did you glean from the interviews?
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