Dan Aykroyd Talks ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel Success and Reflects on Casting Debates and Responsible Humor”

Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd will be reprising his iconic role as Dr. Raymond Stantz in the upcoming untitled sequel to the 2021 film Ghostbusters: Afterlife. He confidently predicts that the project will be a resounding success among fans of the beloved franchise when it hits theaters on December 20, 2023.

During an interview with the Metro newspaper, Aykroyd, 70, who co-created the supernatural series alongside the late Harold Ramis, expressed his enthusiasm for the film’s progress.

He revealed, “We’re three-quarters through filming, which means it’s now in the hands of the talented post-production team. They will work their magic by editing, mixing, and incorporating stunning CGI effects.”

Aykroyd’s excitement for the project shines through as he shared insights about the film. He emphasized its captivating storyline, filled with heartfelt moments, a formidable threat, and spine-tingling scares. Moreover, he joyfully mentioned the return of beloved cast members, including Annie Potts and Ernie Hudson, as well as the reprisal of iconic characters by Bill Murray and himself.

“I’m excited about this one. It’s got a beautiful, heartfelt story, a great threat, some scary moments, and it brings back Annie Potts and Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray and myself, and we’ve handed the torch to new people, Finn Wolfhard and Paul Rudd and Carrie Coon.” Aykroyd continued.

Dan Aykroyd Weighs in on Debate about Gay Roles Only Be Played by Gay Performers

In the same interview with Metro newspaper, Dan Aykroyd also reflected on the performances of Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in the movie Behind the Candelabra. Aykroyd, the star of Blues Brothers, shared his thoughts on the debate surrounding gay roles and casting. He commended the actors’ portrayals and raised questions about the perspective of the gay community.

According to Aykroyd, the credit for the authenticity of the characters goes to director Steven Soderbergh, who brought the true-life story of renowned gay pianist Liberace to the screen.

“That was (director) Steven Soderbergh. The true-life story of (gay pianist) Liberace,” Aykroyd says.

“Weren’t Michael Douglas and Matt Damon perfect? If I were offered the part of a gay man, I would want to take it. But what’s the view in the gay community? Neither Matt nor Michael are gay. But they did a wonderful job. I think (only gay actors playing gay roles) is an invalid argument,” he continues.

Dan Aykroyd’s Thoughts on Divisive Humor

In addition to discussing the casting debate, Dan Aykroyd also touched on the importance of responsible humor. He encouraged comedians to explore the vast range of comedic possibilities without resorting to divisive or offensive jokes.

 “There is enough range in humor, where you don’t have to go scatological, and you don’t have to go pulling any divisive cards to get a laugh,” Aykroyd states.

“There is so much in the world to comment on that is outside the realm of offensiveness,” he continues.

He encouraged comedians to explore the vast range of comedic possibilities without resorting to divisive or offensive jokes. He expressed his belief that there is ample material in the world to draw upon for laughter without resorting to offensive content.


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