Ernie Hudson Calls Female-Led 'Ghostbusters' a 'Mistake': It 'Felt Like a Retelling of the Same Story'

Ernie Hudson made a cameo in the 2016 Ghostbusters and called it 'very good' at the time

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Original Ghostbusters star Ernie Hudson wishes the all-female 2016 version hadn't been a reboot.

Even though Hudson appeared in the film — which starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon — the actor recently called the movie a "mistake."

"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," Hudson, 75, told Living Life Fearless. "It wasn't a continuation or an extension of. It was somehow a different universe there. You know what I mean? It's kind of like us, but it's us but not us."

"But like I said, it just felt like a retelling of the same story, which automatically causes comparisons that you really don't need to be doing," Hudson added.


Hudson previously talked to PEOPLE about his cameo in the film.

"I came back, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney [Weaver], Annie Potts. So we all came to support the film," Hudson said in 2016.

Hudson, Murray and Aykroyd famously played the original ghostbusters in the 1984 film. Weaver played their first customer in need of some supernatural toasting, while Potts was their loyal secretary.

At the time, the actor seemed to think the reboot was a good idea.

"They're extraordinarily funny and there's a great chemistry with them," he said. "I think it's going to be very good. The script I knew was good. I knew the special effects would be amazing. But I was really pleasantly surprised to see how the women kind of gelled together."

Hudson will appear in the forthcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which opens Nov. 11.

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