Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver join in online 'Ghostbusters' cast reunion

Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray in a scene from the movie 'Ghostbusters', 1984. (Photo by Columbia Pictures / Getty Images)
The Ghostbusters are the latest performers to meet online for Josh Gad's Reunited Apart video series.
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson buckled up their proton accelerators and jumped to zoom with Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts and director Ivan Reitman.
Even Jason Reitman came over, son of Ivan Reitman and director of the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife, although he didn't reveal anything about the highly anticipated sequel.
Murray also intervened, as the crew noticed that they were slapped on the hands.
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"Ivan asked us to his house for Thanksgiving and showed us the early section of the ballroom scene, the first Slimer scene," he said.
"He showed us without all the special effects that were made in it and ... I remember going back to work on Monday saying, 'Guys, let's all calm down, it's going to be really big' . "
Meanwhile, Reitman announced that he was by no means convinced that they could reach the climax of the film in which the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man devastated Manhattan, and said it was "what I was most afraid of while filming ".
He added that at the time he thought, "I think the audience will go all the way with us, I'm not sure that they will choose this 80-foot marshmallow man. And of course it's everyone's favorite. "
The topic that John Candy almost played the role of Louis Tully (eventually played by Rick Moranis) was also raised.
"I sent the very first script to John who didn't really understand it," said Reitman. “He always wanted to play him with a few large German shepherds with a German accent. I said, "I think that would be confusing given the [terror] dogs that are already on the roof. I don't think we can include more dogs in this film. '
A smiling Rick Moranis looking up to Sigourney Weaver in a scene from the 1984 film 'Ghostbusters'. (Photo by Columbia Pictures / Getty Images)
"Of course I knew Rick Moranis from Toronto and I just sent him the script and told him what had happened to John. Rick read it and immediately called and said, “Boy, John just made a terrible mistake, I'm so happy. Thank you, I definitely want to be in this film. '”
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Reitman Sr also paid tribute to the late Harold Ramis, who played in the comedy Egon Spengler in 1984, and its sequel to Ghostbusters II.
Left to right: Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis (1944-2014) as paranormal investigators in Ivan Reitman's comedy "Ghostbusters" from 1984. (Photo by Columbia Pictures / Archive Photos / Getty Images)
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"I really miss him," said Reitman. "I keep thinking of him as a kind of brother figure. I've worked with him about five times and he's really missing. "
Aykroyd added: “He was an incredible writing collaborator. He didn't believe in ghosts. He was very well educated in myths and mysticism and [he] was such a great writing partner because the references were there in an intelligent way and were used to laugh.
“A brilliant man, a brilliant employee. Of course I miss him too. "
Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be released in British cinemas in March 2021.
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