Dan Aykroyd makes vodka in a skull bottle and movies about ghost hunting, but after years of trying to get another Ghostbusters film off the ground, Aykroyd has passed the baton to Paul Feig and now, on the day after the hilarious cast was revealed, he is echoing Ivan Reitman and weighing in with his complimentary thoughts about the new team.
“The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy.”
Aykroyd’s statement continued, “My great grandfather, Dr. Sam Aykroyd, the original Ghostbuster, was a man who empowered women in his day, and this is a beautiful development in the legacy of our family business.”
Why do you have to make it weird, Dan?
According to an interview that Aykroyd and his father Peter did with The Daily Beast back in 2009, Dr. Sam Aykroyd was a dentist who moonlighted as a psychic investigator and conducted séances that conjured up “long-deceased spirits of Ming Dynasty Chinese, ancient Egyptian princes, and the family’s 18th-century patriarch, Samuel Aykroyd I.”
There’s no word on if Dr. Sam has found a way to make outgoing calls from the great beyond, but if he has, I’m sure he’ll be sure to release his own statement about the new direction of the franchise that was erected in his honor if he feels the need to split from Dan and voice strong concern over the lack of Jennifer Lawrence in the cast. So stay tuned for that update.