In 1984 a new phenomenon was hitting New York City and had the residents running…but not for their lives… well, at least not all of them. People in and around New York were running to the theaters to see these apparitions come to life on the big screen. June 8th, 1984, Ghostbusters released to audiences in 1,339 theaters and set studio records at the time with an opening weekend gross of $13.6 million. By the year’s end, the blockbuster had racked in over $221 million and making it the highest grossing comedy film of its time.
Movie goers were delighted to the likes of Bill Murray starring as Dr. Peter Venkman, Dan Aykroyd starring as Dr. Raymond Stantz, Harold Ramis starring as Dr. Egon Spengler and Ernie Hudson starring as Winston Zeddemore. These four made up the “Ghostbusters” team. Other Hollywood stars such as Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis starring as Dana Barrett who is possessed by the demon Zuul and Louis Tully who is possessed by the demon Vinz Clortho, also known in the movie as the Gatekeeper and Keymaster.
As the Ghostbusters are fighting ghost, spirts and demons all across the city, Gozer the Gozerian has been working with his minions to wreak havoc on the city. On the rooftop of the building, Zuul and Vinz open the gate between dimensions and then transform into their hellhound supernatural forms. The team then meets Gozer in the form of a woman who awkwardly attacks the team. Soon she vanishes but demands that the Ghostbusters choose the form of the destructor. Ray laughing thinks back about a mascot from his childhood and soon the audiences see Gozer in the form of a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man attacking the city.
At a recent comic-con event, we were able to meet up with Ernie Hudson, aka… Winston Zeddemore, and spend some time talking with him. He is a super nice guy and an amazing storyteller! He was happy to hear that there were still “nerds” out there that still loved to write about 80’s nostalgia and help it live on. When asked if he would like a copy of The Loafer with the mention of him for the comic con, he was all smiles. So excited that he asked us to take his picture holding the magazine! And he was kind enough to sign our Funko POP! ride of ECTO-1 with him sitting inside! Here are a few questions and answers that we want to share with our readers:
The Nerd’s Corner – Wow… it is just amazing to be sitting here with… a real GHOSTBUSTER! I (Jason) was five years old when Ghostbusters hit the big screens!
Hudson – (Laughing…) Now you’re just making me feel old….
The Nerd’s Corner – Age doesn’t matter, you’re a LEGEND! The Ghostbusters movie is one of our top three movies!
Hudson – Ahh thank you, thank you very much. I’m not sure if people would consider me a legend, but I appreciate it. The movie was actually really fun to work on. Working along side the likes of Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd was just wonderful. And Harold Ramis, bless his soul, he was a very talented guy as well. He actually was a co-writer of the film with Dan, you know? They did a really great job on the movie. We actually broke some box office records at the time with Ghostbusters.
The Nerd’s Corner – What would you say was one of your favorite or most fun scenes to film in the Ghostbusters movie?
Hudson – Oh I loved all of it. I think I really liked any of the scenes where we were using the proton packs to catch the ghost. Technology wasn’t what it is today back then, and things were a lot more hands on. It made things more challenging, but more fun too. I really liked the roof top scene at the end too. I mean who doesn’t love being covered in marshmallow! But I loved making every scene with the rest of the cast. We had a great time!
The Nerd’s Corner – That was a great ending. Although we hope you really weren’t covered in that much marshmallow! That would have taken forever to get off! The whole movie was just great. I mean if we had to pick just one scene that we liked more than the other, we could do it, but the whole movie is amazing.
Hudson – I appreciate that guys, thank you. I enjoyed making both of the Ghostbusters movies very much. I love all of the fans that are still out there watching them too. Its people like you two that come to these events and write about us in your stories in magazines and newspapers that help to keep the movies alive. And not just Ghostbusters, all of the great movies of the 80’s and 90’s.
The Nerd’s Corner – Well thank you for talking to us and giving us some of your thoughts on the movie too. Could you pick one thing to leave our readers with from Ghostbusters, what would it be?
Hudson – Who you gonna call?
Make sure to keep checking back each month this year as comic-cons are in full swing and your nerdy reps are out and about meeting and mingling with some of your favorite characters getting signatures and inside scoop. We will keep bringing interviews and questions from some of the biggest stars out there!