Ghostbusters' Ernie Hudson heralds 'funny, foxy, phenomenal' female cast

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Original Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson has made an apparent U-turn on the first new film in the saga in three decades, describing the casting of a new all-female spirit-bashing quartet as “phenomenal”.

Hudson, who played Winston Zeddemore in 1984’s Ghostbusters and its 1989 sequel, told the Telegraph in October that the all-female concept was a “bad idea”, adding: “I don’t think the fans want to see that.” He said that if women were involved, “if they’re not funny at least hopefully it’ll be sexy.”

But he issued a fresh statement to the Hollywood Reporter after the other two surviving members of the original Ghostbusters quartet (Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd) came out in support of the new cast. The statement reads: “Four fiercely funny, foxy, females busting ghosts ... phenomenal!”

Aykroyd, who came up with the original idea for Ghostbusters, co-wrote the first two films and also starred as Raymond Stantz, described the new team of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon as “these most magnificent women in comedy”. Murray had earlier labelled the all-female concept “great” prior to the final casting announcement.

Hudson appeared undecided about the new film, which is being directed by Bridesmaids’ Paul Feig, until very recently. Upon hearing the casting news he wrote “no comment” on Twitter, in a since deleted post. A tweet in which the actor complains about the Guardian quoting his Telegraph comment remains on his account.

Hudson also retweeted a post from a PR company praising the Hollywood Reporter for running an “actual Ernie Hudson quote” rather than “third party rumours”. He did not appear to suggest that he was misquoted in the Telegraph’s original story, however.

The Hollywood Reporter’s piece suggests Hudson’s publicist was approached for an explanation on the actor’s apparent change of heart, but did not receive a response. The new Ghostbusters film, as yet untitled, is due to be released in July 2016.

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