The new Ghostbusters movie needs all the good press it can get, which is why Dan Aykroyd went into full shill mode on Tuesday.
“As originator of the original: Saw test screening of new movie. Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films plus Bill Murray is in it! As one of millions of man-fans and Ray Stantz, I’m paying to see that and bringing all my friends!” the original Ghostbuster wrote on Facebook.
Translation: Just go see the movie, “man-fans,” and don’t be annoyed that I too am now getting gender-crazy to promote this movie.
Given that Mr. Aykroyd is an executive producer on the movie, it is understandable that he would jump through hoops to fill seats on July 15.
What is not appropriate, however, is when websites like Superhero Hype trumpet his transparent cries for good press without mentioning that he is the movie’s executive producer.
The website reported:
As storms continue to brew regarding the new Ghostbusters film, there is one person who has put a line in the sand and is backing up the film: series creator Dan Aykroyd. The writer of both the 1984 film and its 1989 sequel took to his Facebook page to reveal he saw an early cut of the film and provided a reaction. …
“As originator of the original: Saw test screening of new movie. Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films plus Bill Murray is in it! As one of millions of man-fans and Ray Stantz, I’m paying to see that and bringing all my friends!”
The new Ghostbusters film sees Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy as scientists Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, respectively. Gilbert is a particle physicist while Yates, Gilbert’s close friend, is an expert in the paranormal. As ghost sightings ramp up, they team with Kate McKinnon‘s Jillian Holtzmann, a nuclear engineer who winds up creating the team’s tech. Leslie Jones‘ Patty Tolan, then, is the team’s everyman character who winds up playing an important role connected to an early supernatural encounter. …
Yes, Superhero Hype, it makes total sense for the executive producer to put a “line in the sand” when it comes to promoting his project. The only time an executive producer’s praise for his own movie could be interpreted as newsworthy would be if someone stripped that highly relevant bit of information out of the reporting.
The reason why “storms continue to brew” for Ghostbusters is because everyone associated with the project has gone out of their way to make it about gender and media outlets like Superhero Hype have become professional spinmeisters.
Does any “man-fan” in his right mind honestly believe this Ghostbusters film has “more laughs and more scares than the first two films”? Of course not. The statement is so ridiculous that one can’t help but wonder if Dan Aykroyd is the Trojan Horse equivalent of Hydra Captain America.
Note to Ghostbusters hacks everywhere: Give it up. The internet exists. It only takes one moment for people to expose deceptive reporting, and every time you do it the last remaining shreds of your credibility fray a little bit more.
Here now, without further ado, is the trailer for the movie Dan Aykroyd claims has “more laughs” than the original Ghostbusters films — combined.