Classic Ghostbusters Actor Explains Why People Love the Franchise So Much


  • Ernie Hudson believes the theme of being a team is why fans love
    so much.
  • Hudson appreciates how his character, Winston Zeddemore, has been allowed to evolve in
    Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
    after first appearing in the original film nearly 40 years ago.
  • Hudson is also very thankful for the
    franchise and what it has meant to his life.

Warning! Contains minor SPOILERS for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire.Unlike Bill Murray, who only shows up a pair of times throughout the entirety of the new movie — fortunately his character Peter Venkman is there for the climactic conclusion — Ernie Hudson plays an integral part in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire. Hudson reprises his role as one of the OG Ghostbusters, Winston Zeddemore. And in a brand-new interview, the actor reveals the central theme that he believes keeps audiences coming back for more. Hudson said in an exclusive interview with Screen Rant:

“First of all, I love the story. We knew we had to move into the future. We can’t hang back. You know what I mean? It’s a new generation, it’s a new time. The world has changed and all of the above, and bringing in the new cast who are truly professional and just extraordinary. But I also love the theme of Ghostbusters, which is there’s a threat to the world, and it’s going to take all of us: the new team, the old team, to come together.”

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire


Release Date
March 22, 2024

Mckenna Grace , Carrie Coon , Annie Potts , Paul Rudd , Emily Alyn Lind , Bill Murray , Finn Wolfhard , Ernie Hudson , Dan Aykroyd , Patton Oswalt , William Atherton , Kumail Nanjiani

BRON Studios, Columbia Pictures, Ghostcorps

Hudson continued:

“And I hope that message sort of gets out because I think families are that way. We think we can go off and do our individual thing, but the truth of the matter is we’re kind of all in this together. And unless we can figure a way to laugh together or do something, we don’t stand a chance. And for me, that’s the message that Ghostbusters has always had, and I think it’s why people love it.”

Ernie Hudson Is Thankful for Ghostbusters

Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson in Ghostbusters Afterlife
Sony Pictures

It’s unlikely that Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’s poor Rotten Tomatoes score will keep the diehards away over the film’s opening weekend. In fact, the sequel currently boasts an RT audience score of 86%, after its preview screenings on Thursday, which is in stark contrast to the dreadful rating of 45% the critics have collectively given the Frozen Empire. Regardless, though, actor Ernie Hudson is “very thankful” for the Ghostbusters franchise and his character’s legacy. Hudson said in the same interview:

“I have to take off my hat in appreciation to Sony and the filmmakers, especially Jason Reitman, for allowing the character to evolve. I mean, it’s been 40 years. And I love the fact that Winston hasn’t been sitting still. He’s found a way to make some money. He’s a billionaire, but he really appreciates the guys who were there for him when he needed a job the most and he kind of looks out for them, but he also has charity.”


Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Is Forecast to Compete with Afterlife’s Box Office Debut

The Ghostbusters are on pace to post strong numbers over Frozen Empire’s opening weekend.

Hudson continued:

“But he also respects the ghosts enough to want to see beyond just running around and trapping them. What is causing this? How do we figure this out? So that lab that he creates, it just says a lot about who he is. And for me, as an African-American, it’s… hopefully Winston is an example of how life should be. As time goes on, we should grow and make the most of this opportunity that we have, and he reflects that. So I’m very thankful.”

Director Gil Kenan’s follow-up to Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife is appropriately enough a “cool sequel,” according to MovieWeb’s Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire review, which boasts a 7-out-10 rating. And fans of the original team, particularly those who love Dan Aykroyd’s Ray Stantz, will be pleasantly surprised by how much “Dr. Ray” appears throughout the movie. Sadly, Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis are no-shows. But be sure to stick around for a fun little mid-credits scene, featuring the mini-Pufts, but there isn’t a post-credits offering this time around.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
is now playing exclusively in theaters.

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