Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Things I've Learned From DVD Commentaries 4

Film: Ghostbusters (1984)
Commentators: Ivan Reitman (Director), Harold Ramis (Writer/Actor), Joe Medjuck (Producer)

The library at the start of the film was the real New York public library but when the woman walks down the stairs, she is actually in the Los Angeles library.
The Ghostbusters are broken down like this: Egon- the brains, Ray- the heart and Peter- the mouth. Bill Murray, unsurprisingly was the most like his character.
The original script was written by Dan Aykroyd for himself and John Belushi. It was set in the future and it was not an origin story. Belushi passed away before they started filming.
The interior of the firehouse was an abandoned one in L.A. but the exterior was one in New York that was still in use.
Sigourney Weaver wanted to be in a comedy so much she auditioned as a dog in preparation for the last act of the film.
The part of Louis Tully was written for John Candy but he wanted to play the character as a German. He eventually pulled out of the role as he apparently couldn't get a grasp of the character.
Dan Aykroyd collects fire trucks and police cars in real life. Ones no longer in use, I assume, don't think he just nicks them off the street. I doubt vehicles are his Heroin.
Bill Murray complained a lot.
Slimer was referred to as the ghost of John Belushi.
During the montage scene, a dude walks behind a reporter while looking at the camera. He was a real dude, not a paid extra. Plus, the part where the Ghostbusters are chased in Rockefeller Centre was real as they didn't have permission to film there. Which is quite amusing.
William Atherton got abuse for years off people in the street yelling 'dickless' at him.
The scene in which Dana levitates had to be shot twice as there was a dude sitting in the chair of the bedroom set in the first take.
Egon Spengler was described, in the original script, as a 'new age Mr Spock'.
Listening to this commentary makes me want to switch it off and watch the film.
When Harold Ramis is name-dropping the cast of Airheads (in which he cameod) he wrongly calls Brendan Fraser, Duncan Fraser.
The best review the film got, according to the commentators, was that it's like a perfectly told joke. Couldn't have put it better myself. Honestly, I couldn't, I'm not that clever.
The last line of the commentary is 'we had a secretary?'

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