The movie was “difficult” for me to shoot

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February 22, 2023 | 10:03 a.m

“Ghostbusters” legend Ernie Hudson is haunted by his experiences on the set of the 1984 classic sci-fi comedy.

Hudson, 77, spoke about the “psychological” damage he suffered while working on the original movie that launched the series, revealing how “selective distancing” from the project made filming the project “difficult.”

The veteran actor made his explosive debut on “The Howard Stern Wrap-Up Show” “A really, really brilliant man and I have a lot of love and appreciation for him,” declared “Ghostbusters” director Ivan Reitman — who died at the age of 75 in 2022.

Although Hudson has had praise for his A-list stars Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd – he didn’t share the same warm words for Columbia Pictures studio behind the scenes.

“I was the guy who was brought in, and so I found my place in the middle of that — and they were all so welcoming and inclusive,” Hudson told SiriusXM’s Gary Dell’Abate and Rahsaan Rogers. “The studio wasn’t, and the studio continued to be not. So it made it very difficult, because I was a part of it but then I was very selectively left out.”

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Harold Ramis in “Ghostbusters.”
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When the posters came out, I wasn’t on the poster. Hudson said. “I went to the 30th anniversary of the movie’s release and all the posters are Three Guys.”
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Hudson, who portrayed the paranormal hunter Winston Zeddemore in “Ghostbusters” and its 1989 sequel, claimed he was left out of marketing and press materials.

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When the posters came out, I wasn’t on the poster. Hudson said with a sigh. “I went to the 30th anniversary of the movie’s release and all the posters are Three Guys.”

The Oz dub continued, “Now I know the fans see it differently, and I’m so grateful to the fans because the fans have basically associated with Winston, especially the young guys, and I don’t want to say minority kids, but a lot of kids.”

Hudson recalled how the script changed several times after he signed on to play the part. “The original script, Winston was at the beginning of the movie,” he said of the film, which also co-wrote screen icons Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis and Annie Potts.

“By the time we got ready to shoot the movie, Winston came up halfway through the movie. All this stuff…it definitely felt intentional.”

The sci-fi movie spawned a sequel to Ghostbusters II in 1989.
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He concluded by acknowledging that the film “wasn’t an easy road”, adding: “It was probably the most difficult psychologically film I’ve ever done . . . and I still don’t try to take it personally.”

Hudson also revealed that during the ongoing negotiations for A.J New installment in ‘Ghostbusters Afterlife’ Series — which is set to begin filming in March — he’s making sure it’s not treated like an “extra job.”

“If I’m going to do it, it has to make sense. When you start out, I’m always told it’s almost impossible for me to succeed,” he said. But if you do a big movie from a big studio and it comes out and opens at #1, it changes your career. Well, ‘Ghostbusters’ didn’t do any of that for me. I was working nonstop, [then] I did a Ghostbusters movie, and it was two and a half years before I got another movie.”

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