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Everyone Loves Paul Rudd But Is The World Ready For A Male Ghostbuster?

Look, good on him for having a go.

Look, it’s great that modern cinema is taking yet another swing at the Ghostbusters’ franchise instead of, say, doing anything else.

And Paul Rudd, the world’s ageless boyfriend and spokesperson for Ants-Men everywhere, has made a typically charming video about how he’s been tapped for the new Ghostbusters film, to be directed by the original director Ivan Reitman’s son Jason because… um, cinema is genetic, we guess?

So excited is Rudd, he explains in the clip, that he’s slimed himself. Eww.

Anyway, Rudd has infinite charisma and wit. But will it be enough to make people suspend their disbelief long enough to accept a male Ghostbuster?

Can Rudd hope to match the iconic matchup of Yates, Gilbert, Holtzmann and Tolan we remember from our 2016 childhoods? Will he weather the inevitable social media backlash about remaking a classic like Ghostbusters: Answer The Call? Only time will tell.

Anyway, good luck him and his plucky castmates. He could do with finally getting some sort of commercial success after those superhero art films.

Jaws Takes On Ghostbusters: Richard Dreyfuss Says Bill Murray's A 'Drunken Bully' And All We Need Now Is Popcorn

It's like watching two beloved dads duke it out at a BBQ.

Have you ever wondered who’d win in a fight: Dr Peter Venkman from Ghostbusters, or Oceanographer Matt Hooper from Jaws?

No? To be fair, neither had we. But since watching a new interview with Richard Dreyfuss for Yahoo we’ve been thinking of nothing else, and our money’s on Dr V because apparently Bill Murray fights dirty.

See?

Dreyfuss was being quizzed about many of his iconic roles during his storied career, and then legendarily prickly chap decided to hold forth about his What About Bob? co-star Murray.

And… look, it’s not the Bill the internet pretends to know and absolutely loves.

“Bill just got drunk at dinner. He was an Irish drunken bully, is what he was. … He came back from dinner [one night] and I said, ‘Read this [script tweak], I think it’s really funny.’ And he put his face next to me, nose-to-nose. And he screamed at the top of his lungs, ‘Everyone hates you! You are tolerated!’

Supposedly Murray then picked up an ashtray and hurled it at Dreyfuss’ face from a distance of a couple of feet, and missed. And believe us, there isn’t a skerrick of fondness in Dreyfuss’ telling of the tale. He was not at all amused.

So yes: two of the most legendarily difficult men in acting didn’t get along that well. Murray hasn’t responded to the claim thus far, but… c’mon! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!

The Muppet Movie Was Far More Progressive Than We Gave It Credit For

Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection…

There are few things which date less well than a comedy movie, and there are few eras whose comedies are less OK than the 80s when ogling boobs, making jokes about accents, and avoiding swishy-yet-predatory gay men were the three touchstones of hilarity.

And the upshot is that if you remembered loving a movie like, say, Police Academy or Revenge of the Nerds or even Pretty In Pink when you were a kid then you’re in for a surprise. “Oh, I’ll watch that again!” you naively think and then abruptly find yourself going “wow, this is a whole lot more racist/homophobic/misogynist than I remembered.”

And it’s hard to see why because if anything the decade that preceded it was more progressive. Not that it’s an especially high bar, sure, but one thing which is just plain true is this:

The Muppet Movie totally stands up.

And sure, not everyone is trawling through their childhoods looking for things from 1979 that are still good in 2019, but as someone who has long had nieces and nephews and now sons to entertain I’ve done a lot of going “OK, this looks fi… what? OH GOD NO” at things I enjoyed in my own childhood. And not just because wow, that first act of Star Wars really, really drags if you’re a child used to modern editing.

Yet The Muppet Movie zips along, not least because director James Frawley (who only passed away in January) mainly did half hour TV sitcoms which accidentally meant its pace is downright modern. Which is a relief given that I’ve had to watch the film almost every weekend for the last year.

But more importantly, it’s thankfully free of those cringey moments where society has moved the hell on.

Race humour? None – unless you want to include Mel Brooks’ take as an evil German scientist. Homophobic humour? Zilch.

Misogyny? Well, the Muppets were dude-heavy, definitely. Of the core Muppets the only female character is Miss Piggy, and there’s a pretty long drop from there to Janice (guitarist with Dr Teeth & the Electric Mayhem) and Camilla the Chicken who are hardly leading characters. And yes, Piggy is sidelined by no-one. Still, it’s a small blind spot.

Hottest couple of 1979.

In all, though, The Muppet Movie showed a world where people were generally pretty decent to one another, where people – OK, fine, puppets – of diverse backgrounds could unite in common cause, where people like Richard Pryor, Carol Kane, Telly Savalas and Steve Martin just show up for no clear reason, and where someone says something laugh out loud funny every ten seconds. Watch it again, I dare you.

Also, ‘Can You Picture That’ is a jam. FACT.

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