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Ghost Busters 1 & 2

This is Jason Kaplan’s favorite movie.  Fan Art from @pokersternfan

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@pokersternfan from @JasonKapFanClub

1984 – Ghost Busters Howard thought the first one was good

1989 – Ghostbusters II Howard thought was not so good.  Bill Murray called in in 2011 saying he had a script for 3 but hasn’t read, thinking that ship has sailed—way too late to do a sequel. This is a favorite movie of Jason Kaplan. I was on the SFRT 9/26/12, and another panelist, John, brought Jason a ghost detector toy. Jason was thrilled and checked us all out with it.

Eric the Actor was on the phone, and he said the reason he could turn down all of the roles he’s been offered that he doesn’t like the characters, and still call himself an actor, was because Eddie Murphy had turned down the role of the black guy in Ghost Busters.  Howard was quick to point out that the role of the black guy wasn’t very big, and Eddie Murphy was pretty happening back then and could afford to turn down bit roles.

Larry King was in studio and he said his first film was a role in Ghostbusters.  Ivan Reitman had no idea how to make a movie where the special effects were brought in after they filmed the scene.  Bill Murray had taken the role written for John Belushi, and out of respect for John, Bill said every line the way it had been written for John.  Larry got into a limo that was driven by a Teamster who told him that all mobile things connected with this film were under a Teamster contract.  When Larry asked what would happen if they hired someone not in the Teamsters, and the driver just laughed.

Thanks to for Howard’s thoughts on Harold Ramis’ Death. 02/25/14. 6:35am: 

“Howard said Harold Ramis is like the Beatles to him. He said he was a great innovator. He said that he was 69 years old. Howard said he had him on the show one time and he was one of those guys who wrote a movie and didn’t have to be in it. He said he was the straight man and didn’t need to be the guy getting the big laughs. He said he was a great writer/director. He said he wrote Groundhogs Day and directed it too. He said that would make him one of the greats. He said he’s not sure why he wasn’t more celebrated when he was alive. Howard said he wasn’t celebrated like so many others were.

Howard said the amazing thing is that when you look at some of his films you realize how great some of them were. He mentioned Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Animal House and many others. Howard said Harold Ramis and Bill Murray had a falling out after Groundhogs Day and they never did get an explanation on that. Howard said they were great collaborators. He said that it must have been uncomfortable for Bill after Harold died. Howard said that something went down with them and they weren’t friends anymore.

Howard said Stripes was a kick ass movie too. Jon Hein came in and told Howard that he had more on the feud. He said Ramis said that Bill Murray was going through a divorce during the filming of Groundhogs Day and he basically told him not to act like a child during the filming and after that they stopped being friends. Howard said that he upset the king. Howard said Bill must have his side of the story too. Maybe he was upset that Harold wasn’t more sensitive while he was going through tough times.

In 2014, they were talking on air about their favorite comedy movie.  When Jason Kaplan was asked on Twitter later what his favorite comedy movie was, he replied:  I did not and I’m not sure I have one. Ghostbusters is my favorite movie, and it’s a comedy so go w/ that.  Steve Brandano Tweeted:  Swingers or Life Aquatic.

Ghost Busters on IMDb

Ghostbusters II on IMDb

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