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The Ghostbusters Make The Late-Night Rounds

By Andrew Sanford | TV | November 16, 2021 |

By Andrew Sanford | TV | November 16, 2021 |

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In February 2020, I stood inside an AMC theater on 34th Street and happily took a picture of the new poster for Ghostbusters: Afterlife. June could not come soon enough! June would come and go, but the movie would be delayed. This week it finally arrives in theaters. Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and Dan Aykroyd made the late-night rounds last night to get the word out. The actors, who portrayed three of the four original Ghostbusters, appeared on both The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Seeing the three men together again is in and of itself special. I’ve made my love of Ghostbusters pretty clear on this site. The franchise is practically written into my DNA. I could listen to these three talk for hours. What’s great is that it’s not just Ghostbuster talk. That’s there, of course, but you get old New York stories, old SNL stories, and Dan Aykroyd singing and dancing!

Like the characters they portray, each actor has a distinct personality. Ernie Hudson is cool and serious. A classically trained actor who found himself in league with a bunch of comedians. Dan Aykroyd is a paranormal-obsessed goofball. He’s a man full of energy and excitement. Bill Murray is a charming smartass. Despite his demeanor, we get to see him break several times in the interviews, laughing and smiling as Aykroyd dances.

To add an extra bit of excitement to these appearances, the three Ghostbusters went right from these interviews to the world premiere in New York City. I know that because I was there. I saw them, standing thirty feet in front of me as they introduced the new film to an excited audience. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the experience. Watching them this morning feels surreal.

The excitement surrounding the new movie is palpable, and even though I’ve already seen it, watching these interviews got me hyped all over again.

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Andrew lives in NYC. You can follow him on Twitter.

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