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'It Was Disappointing': Ernie Hudson Reflects on 2016 Ghostbusters Reboot Backlash

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Franchise star Ernie Hudson remembers the disappointment he felt when the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot wasn't well received by fans.

Speaking about the film with The Independent, Ernie Hudson said the four stars of the film (Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Melissa McCarthy) are all "brilliantly funny on their own," and he made it clear he's a fan of director Paul Feig. However, Hudson admitted that he would have preferred to just continue the original films' story, as would later happen with Afterlife, echoing one of the biggest complaints fans had about the reboot. Having said that, Hudson also said he personally "enjoyed" the movie, conceding that it just wasn't what most of the fans were wanting to see.

“Look, I’m a fan of [director] Paul Feig so I have nothing negative about him to say. Other than: I don’t quite understand why you do a reboot, you know what I mean? Just make another movie," Hudson said. “Fans were really invested in the story and the characters and I think it was disappointing. I enjoyed the movie but I think it wasn’t what fans were hoping for."

Ernie Hudson's Winston Is Back in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire 

Ernie Hudson had a small cameo role in the 2016 reboot as a cab driver. He has since reprised his role as Winston Zeddemore for 2021's Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and he's back once again for the newest movie, Frozen Empire. Hudson addressed how happy he is that Winston has been getting treated better now by Sony compared to the original Ghostbusters movie, which pared down the character's presence heavily in both the screenplay and marketing materials.

On potentially returning as Winston for more movies if the franchise moves forward, Hudson added, “I’d love for Winston Zeddemore to be the Nick Fury of the Ghostbusters."

In Frozen Empire, Hudson is joined by fellow OG stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Annie Potts. The film also brings back Afterlife stars Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, Mckenna Grace, Logan Kim, Finn Wolfhard, and Celeste O'Connor. Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan co-wrote the script while Kenan directed the film.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is now playing in movie theaters.

Source: The Independent

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