It appears like the cast of the new female heavy Ghostbusters reboot is the newest topic where people “need” to pick a side. You’ve got a selection of former cast members and fans that seem happy about the idea, but then there is a loud, growling group of detractors that don’t seem too fond of this week’s casting announcement. Then you have Donald Trump.
Ernie Hudson is an interesting case because he was originally one of those detractors that seemed to question the reboot and the casting choices behind Paul Feig’s new take on the series. From Slash Film:
Following Tuesday’s reports that Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones would lead Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters reboot, Hudson initially responded on Twitter with a cryptic “no comment.”
Now one could take “no comment” to mean many different things. Maybe he didn’t honestly have a comment at the time? It’s possible. But most ran with it meaning that he didn’t like the idea of the reboot. And they had good reason to do so because it seems like he was on the fence about the idea as far back as October. From The Telegraph:
“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!”
I’m still not sold on that being a condemnation of the new direction for the film, but it isn’t the kind of glowing praise that Dan Aykroyd was throwing out. If anything, it’s lukewarm and that’s enough for outlets like The Hollywood Reporter to seek clarification. What they got was the following comment:
Nothing else was really added, but it would seem like he’s on board with the idea now. THR couldn’t get a response for why he allegedly had the change of heart, but that seems like they don’t need it. All is right, right?
I would hope that we could realize that we’re talking about Ghostbusters and not some sort of cultural milestone that helped mold society. It’s fine, classic entertainment, but not everybody needs to like it. I would hope we could at least wait to see the movie before we judge if it is junk or not.