Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot has just received its best vindication yet. In the face of all the internet haters and trolls bashing the film, at least one original Ghostbuster is singing praises for it.
Dan Aykroyd revealed that he saw the film and thoroughly enjoyed it. He even revealed that he may not be the only one in the original cast who shares the sentiment.
Aykroyd took to social media to share his opinion about a test screen he saw of the film.
“Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films plus Bill Murray is in it! As one of millions of man-fans and Ray Stantz, I'm paying to see that and bringing all my friends!" he said.
Certainly no small words from the man who not only was part of the original Ghostbusting team as Ray Stantz, but was also the creator of the entire franchise in the first place and wrote the original film, as well as its sequel.
But wait! It looks like Aykroyd also dropped the bomb on another actor who showed support for the new movie. Bill Murray, who played Peter Venkman in the original movies, was apparently persuaded to appear in the film with the new female team even though he was hesitant to sign up with his own original team and director.
Aykroyd has been a supporter of Feig's gender-swapped Ghostbusters from the beginning. Very early in production, he revealed that he gave his full blessing to the new cast and even shared how invested his whole family was.
"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,” he said.
Although haters continue to bad-mouth the film online – some even going as far as calling Aykroyd a “royalties whore” for supporting the new movie – Aykroyd's praise for it allow some fans to breathe a sigh of relief that the rebooted franchise will not completely mess up their childhood heroes.
Ghostbusters starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones will unleash the ectoplasm in theaters on July 15.