Ernie Hudson believes female-led Ghostbusters reboot was 'a mistake'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 January 2021
Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson believes that Paul Feig's female-led 'Ghostbusters' reboot was "a mistake"

Ernie Hudson thinks the female-led 'Ghostbusters' reboot was "a mistake".

The 75-year-old actor is returning to the role of Dr. Winston Zeddemore in 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' but feels that movie is a different concept to Paul Feig's 2016 movie – in which he made a cameo appearance.

Ernie told Living Life Fearless: "['Afterlife' is] not a reboot. Because when you say reboot, which is the third movie, the one with the ladies – that I actually liked a lot. I definitely loved everybody who was in it.

"Paul Feig, I'm still fans of theirs – they tried to do a reboot. And a reboot, to me, means you're trying to do the movie over. Another version of what we already did. And I think that was a mistake. It wasn't a continuation or an extension of [the original]."

Hudson described the reboot as "a different universe:

He added: "It's kind of like us, but it's us, but not us. In that universe, they're women. I don't know. That was a choice that was made."

Paul previously suggested that the backlash toward the movie – which starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones – was "terrible".

However, he is still "proud" of the project.

The 58-year-old director said: "Look, it was terrible. It was a terrible time. I'm so proud of the movie.

"It found its audience, and people really love it. I get inundated by people constantly who really love it.

"You still get the people though who write nasty stuff, and you're like, man, it's been four years – you've got to let it go. You've really got to let it go."


  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 56min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Paul Feig
  • Cast: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon
  • UK release: 11 July 2016

Physicist Erin (Wiig) finds herself teaming up with estranged high school pal Abby (McCarthy) and her eccentric engineer Jillian (McKinnon) in search of ghosts. Marred only by excessive reverence for the original, it's a spirited, funny and touching reboot which sticks two fingers up at sexist trolls.