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EXCLUSIVE: Dan Aykroyd Says the Original ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast ‘Respect the Talent’ of the All-Female Revival Stars

by Rachel McRady 6:07 AM PDT, June 08, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Dan Aykroyd Says the Original ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast ‘Respect the Talent’ of the All-Female Revival Stars

Happy Ghostbusters Day! Thirty-two years ago on Wednesday marks the date the original Ghostbusters film was released, and in support of the upcoming revival, actor Dan Aykroyd attended the Elle Women in Comedy event in Los Angeles on Tuesday where the all-female cast of the new film was honored.

The four ladies covered the Women in Comedy issue with their own covers. Despite the hype behind the revival, there has been online backlash over remaking the classic film with a female cast. But Aykroyd doesn’t buy into the negative comments.

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“Who on social media?” he said when asked about the online trolls. “See these are people who can't believe that there's a Supreme Court Justice that's a woman. I mean, come on.”

Aykroyd doesn’t have any problem with the new film, saying the original cast has nothing but well-wishes for the four ladies and loved meeting them all.

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“We respect the talent so much that for me, [it’s] thrilling,” he said. “They remember the old days, they remember the Tyrannosaurus, but they respect the talent.”

And though he’s looking forward to the upcoming film, Aykroyd did tell ET that his favorite OG ghost was “the one that took my belt off!”

Ghostbusters hits theaters on July 15.

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