Warning: The following post includes spoilers for the new Ghostbusters movie. If you want the cameo appearances of the original cast to remain a surprise, read no further.
This Friday, the long-awaited and highly contentious Ghostbusters reboot finally reaches theaters. I was lucky enough to catch an early screening this week, and I have to say it was a really fun time. Paul Feig was able to take a beloved franchise and make an entertaining and modernized version for younger generations.
Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are all comedic powerhouses in their own rights and all four carry the proton packs and wear the Ghostbusters jumpsuits well.
Even though the four women — and their loveably simple receptionist played by Chris Hemsworth — hold their own, Feig still paid homage to the 1984 Ghostbusters. As a means of passing along the Ghostbusters baton, almost all of the living cast members from the original franchise made cameo appearances.
Below are all of the cameos of the original Ghostbusters team with brief descriptions of their characters and the the order in which they appear:
Bill Murray As Martin Heiss
The first cameo appearance is by none other than Peter Venkman himself, Bill Murray. Murray plays Martin Heiss, a famed debunker, Ghostbusters skeptic and the chairman of the Council for Logic and Data.
Similar to Venkman, Martin Heiss is highly doubtful of the existence of ghosts until one is floating right in front of him. Heiss is the only character who gets more than one scene, but I won't give anything away. It's funny to note that Heiss feels like the spiritual successor of William Atherton's Walter Peck, the character that feuded primarily with Murray's Venkman in the original movie.
Annie Potts As Mercado Desk Clerk
Probably my favorite cameo in the film was from Annie Potts, who originally played Janine Melnitz. In this Ghostbusters, she plays the role of the deadpan Mercado Hotel receptionist. Sound familiar?
In 1984 Peter Venkman suggested her qualifications would lend themselves well to food services or housekeeping industries, but it seems like she found a good fit in hospitality and left her attitude intact.
Dan Aykroyd As A Cabbie
Dan Aykroyd's cameo was already released in an earlier trailer, but has since disappeared from the internet. For those who weren't lucky enough to catch it when it was live, Aykroyd plays a callous New York City cabbie who refuses a ride to Kristen Wiig's character Erin.
It's uncertain whether the unnamed cabbie is an older version of Ray Stantz, but there's a definite nod to his ghosthunting past when he correctly identifies the stage and type of apparitions and proclaims he "ain't afraid of no ghosts."
Ernie Hudson As Uncle Bill
Fans of the franchise are already noting the similarities between Ernie Hudson's character Winston Zeddemore and Leslie Jones' Patty Tolan. Both play the everyman characters who add a necessary real-world element to the story outside of the three scientist.
As we find out in Ghostbusters, the two are actually related! Well, Hudson plays Patty's Uncle Bill, who runs a funeral home and lends the ladies a hearse — which later turns into the Ecto-1 — to help carry their equipment.
Sigourney Weaver As Rebecca Gorin
Sigourney Weaver only appears at the very end in a mid-credits scene. In this new movie, Sigourney's character Rebecca Gorin seems to be the only member of the original cast who definitively has ghosthunting experience. We learn that Gorin was the mentor to Kate McKinnon's strange — but brilliant — Jillian Holtzmann.
A Tribute To Harold Ramis
Harold Ramis — co-creator of the original Ghostbusters and Egon Spengler actor — sadly passed away in 2014 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory disease. Still, Paul Feig found a way to make his presence known. In the beginning, a bronze bust of Ramis' likeness sits outside of Erin Gilbert's office, and after the credits, there's a dedication to the late genius.
As much fun as it is to read about these cameos online, I urge you to go check out the movie for yourself. I don't think there's any greater stamp of approval for #SonyPictures' new Ghostbusters than seeing all the original actors appearing in cameo roles.
Ghostbusters reaches theaters on July 15.