Walk of Fame 20 Little Known Facts About the Original Ghostbusters! Published 3 years ago on Apr 1, 2016 By Isabelle Garreaud Ghostbusters has been in the entertainment news all year after Paul Feig decided to make a reboot of the iconic 1984 movie. This time, though, it will have an all female team that will catch ghosts in New York City. The original film came out in 1984 and its sequel came 5 years later, so it has definitely been a while since we have had a ghost-busting gang. You can love or hate the 2016 reboot but don’t forget the first team that saved Manhattan from the supernatural! Check out these facts that you probably didn’t know about the beloved classic! 1. Dan Aykroyd got the idea from his family history The idea for the Ghostbusters movie didn’t come out of thin air. Dan Aykroyd, the scriptwriter, was inspired by his childhood. He was always captivated by paranormal activity and even grew up with some spiritualists in the family. His great grandfather was a psychic investigator, his grandpa also had the predilection for the paranormal and his own father collected books about the spirit world. www.inverse.com What furthered the idea of this movie was an article about parapsychology in an American Society of Psychical Research publication! 2. The original idea was so much bigger The original concept for the movie, though, was very different than the final work. Aykroyd had a creative and wild time writing the first script. He set the movie in the future and the ghost busters would travel across time and space to fight a series of huge monsters. Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man was still one of the monsters but it wouldn’t have been as iconic as he was one of many. screenrant.com The director/producer Ivan Reitman liked it but suggested a rewrite since this script would have cost up to $300 million to produce. 3. John Belushi is still there in spirit When Aykroyd was writing the script, he wanted his former SNL castmate to be one of the main protagonists but sadly, he died in 1982 before filming started. He was supposed to play Peter Venkman, which ended up going to Bill Murray, who was also an old SNL castmate. The writers still wanted to pay tribute to their old friend so they decided to turn him into one of the ghosts they had to bust. blu-ray.com That funny looking, outgoing ghost by the name of Slimer, and also the first ghost they catch, is actually known as the spirit of Belushi! 4. They didn’t have a lot of time to make the movie Ivan Reitman, the film’s producer, had a relationship with Columbia Pictures so it was decided to first pitch the movie to their studio head, Frank Price in May of 1983. He agreed to take on the $30 million budget film because of the comedy geniuses who would star in the film; Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Harold Ramis. There was a catch, though–they had to complete the film in time for the 1984 summer season. allmovie.com 12 months is a very short time to finish up the script, do all the filming and then add all the effects. 5. Sigourney Weaver had an interesting audition With the 3 characters cast, they still needed someone perfect to play Dana Barrett, Peter Venkman’s love interest. The actress, Sigourney Weaver, who had recently risen to fame for her role in Ridley Scott’s Alien, gave a very memorable audition. After she read the script, she came up with the idea that her character should become possessed by the dogs she encounters and showed Reitman exactly how she would portray that. Sony/Variety.com Weaver literally got on all fours, climbed onto the coffee table, and started growling! No wonder she got the role! 6. Louis Tully was originally written for John Candy Just like the role for Venkman was originally written for Belushi, the character Louis Tully was supposed to go to John Candy. The actor, however, declined the role because of creative differences. He wanted Tully to be a stern, German man and also wanted him to be one of the main characters. The filmmakers didn’t want that character to be rewritten because they preferred the first one. hero.wikia.com As you know, Louis Tully was then given to Rick Moranis, who portrayed him perfectly! 7. Egon Spengler inspiration came from three different people! The brains behind the ghostbusters was Egon Spengler, played by the co-writer, Harold Ramis. The writer wanted to come up with the perfect name for his character and ended up getting inspiration from three different people! The first name Egon came from an old classmate of his from elementary school. Egon Donsbeck was a Hungarian exchange student at Stephen K. Hayt Elementary School in Chicago where Ramis attended. The last name came from the German historian and philosopher Oswald Spengler. followingthenerd.com An unknown person found on the cover of an abstract architectural journal was the inspiration behind Egon Spengler’s wardrobe! 8. The setting is a mix of NYC and LA While Ghostbusters took place in NYC, not everything was actually filmed there. For the first 4 weeks of production, starting in 1983, the producers filmed the movie in Manhattan, hence why you see a lot of actually city locations. While a lot of the outside shots were of the east coast city, most of the interior scenes happened on the west coast. After those 4 weeks, the set moved to LA for soundstage photography and locations in that city. deathandtaxesmag.com The iconic DNY Hook & Ladder #8 building that was the ghostbusters headquarters is actually in NYC but the scenes inside the building were actually shot in a fire station in LA. 9. Ectomobile died at the end of production The Ectomobile is one of the most recognized movie cars but sadly, it doesn’t exist anymore. The car itself was a 1959 Cadillac ambulance that had a bunch of gadgets and gizmos attached to it. Usually, movies that need a specific car create more than one but the filming of Ghostbusters was so rushed that they only had time to make one Ectomobile. Because they only had one, everyone had to make sure nothing happened to the 25-year-old car! driving.co.uk The car ended up breaking down in the scene when it was crossing the Manhattan bridge and couldn’t be revived. R.I.P Ectomobile. 10. They spray painted a peanut for a visual effect Again, because of the short production period, the Visual effects supervisor Richard Edlund and his team had a very rushed amount of time to create special effects for the movie. This meant that everyone had to be very creative while working against the clock. In one instance, the animation supervisor Terry Windell was having trouble with the scene were Slimer spins around the chandelier. In the end, he found his solution by spray painting a peanut green to create the ghost effect. deathandtaxesmag.com I guess it worked because no one noticed that the green blob spinning around the chandelier was actually a peanut! 11. The director was in the movie too! The two scriptwriters were the main characters but they weren’t the only ones on the production team that were in the movie! Ivan Reitman may not have appeared in person but his voice is heard throughout Ghostbusters! He is both the voice for Slimer and Zuul. That also included all those gross-out grub-gorging sounds! imdb.com Remember when Dana gets possessed and says, “There is no Dana, only Zuul?” Well, that deep voice was actually the director! 12. There was a Caddyshack scene cut Bill Murray and Harold Ramis actually worked together before Ghostbusters in the 1980 movie, Caddyshack. Ramis was a co-writer/director and Murray played the character, Carl Spackler. In a deleted scene, Bill Murray’s character conversation with Dan Aykroyd seemed to be an ode to his Caddyshack character! The voice and mannerisms were all too familiar. quotesgram.com It is a shame that this scene was cut but luckily you can still watch it on the DVD’s bonus features. 13. The logo was created by the associate producer You don’t even need to watch the movie to recognize the Ghostbusters symbol! It may seem like a simple logo of a crossed out ghost but it took time to figure out the logo. It was actually the Associate producer Michael C. Gross who came up with the symbol that would appear on the car and uniforms. He actually had experience being an art consultant for The Muppets, John Lennon, and The Rolling Stones! logodesignlove.com They really picked the right person to join their team! 14. Central Park West was shut down for a scene, causing a massive traffic jam For the exterior shots in from of Dana’s apartment, the production team had to temporary shut down the area around 65th street and Central Park West. It didn’t seem like that big of a deal until they realized they caused a massive traffic jam throughout Manhattan! When rush hour happened, cars started to get backed up past Columbus Circle and Aykroyd even thought it went all the way to the Brooklyn Bridge! onthesetofnewyork.com They started to receive a lot of complaints about the disruption and one of those people was the author Isaac Asimov! He actually walked onto the set to personally tell Aykroyd that they inconvenienced him! 15. The “crossing the streams” scene wasn’t in the script! Spoiler alert! At the end of the movie, the ghostbusters are able to defeat the Marshmallow Man and the evil demon Gozer by crossing their proton pack energy streams. This deus ex machina wasn’t actually in the original script and was later added after the writers figured out what to do with the final scene. Ramis and Aykroyd needed their gang to get out alive after defeating their enemies and decided to do a crossing of the streams effect that would create a powerful explosion. youtube.com They then added a foreshadow about it earlier in the film when Egon warns everyone to never cross the streams. 16. The marshmallow was actually shaving cream After the crossing of the streams explosion, the Marshmallow man blows up, raining marshmallow goo all over the New Yorkers below. That goo we see, though, was actually shaving cream since it was a lot easier to use than tons and tons of melted marshmallows. The special effects cinematographer, Richard Edlund got 500-gallon batches of shaving cream to use as the remnants of Mr. Stay-Puft. gizmodo.com They used a stuntman to test and see how many pounds of shaving cream they could dump on someone and 75 pounds ended up being too much as it caused him to fall to the ground! In the final takes, they used a lesser amount! 17. The movie’s name had a copyright issue When the movie was finally completed, Universal Studios was not happy about the name. In the 70’s, they produced a live-action TV series called The Ghost Busters, hence why they didn’t want the movie to be named the same thing (minus the space and the). It seemed a little too late to change the title considering the main characters referred to themselves as ghostbusters and the movie was advertised that way. The studio’s lawyers never ended up suing them as Columbia Pictures’ Frank Price ended up becoming their head and said the name was fine. xataka.com.co They had another legal problem later one when the TV cartoon based on the movie came out. The TV show ended up changing its name to The Real Ghostbusters to avoid confusion between the new and old show. 18. Huey Lewis didn’t like the theme song When Reitman was looking for an artist to record the Ghostbusters theme song, he asked Huey Lewis & The News and even used their hit song, I Want Some Drugs as a temporary filler. Huey Lewis, however, declined the offer because he had just done the soundtrack for Back to the Future and didn’t want to do another. The job ended up going to Ray Parker Jr., who wrote and sang the song theme song. Scott Gries/ImageDirect Lewis wasn’t happy with the song as he claimed it was too similar to his I Want Drugs song and sued Parker for plagiarism. It ended up being settled in court later as Lewis accidentally breached the agreement not to mention the suit. 19. Elmer Bernstein wanted to be unconventional with the film score It was an unconventional movie so it seemed fit that it needed an unconventional soundtrack. Elmer Bernstein was the composer for the Ghostbusters film and decided to out beyond just a normal orchestra sound. He used a Yamaha DX-7 synthesizer. which, by the way, was the first commercially successful digital synthesizer, to create paranormal noises. target.com An Ondes Martenot was also used to make the film score even more unique. 20. Ivan Reitman had so many doubts during the first screen testing Just three weeks after the filming was complete, Reitman had 200 randomly selected people come to Columbia Pictures studio for a screen testing. The director was certainly very nervous about it because he had doubts about whether people would actually like this type of movie. The screening also had only one fully-completed effect shot, the opening scene in the library. Yet, the audience still loved the movie and Reitman could tell by their positive reactions! ceeemstone.com He also realized that his film will probably be really successful after he saw street vendors already selling ghostbuster shirts! Don’t forget to SHARE this article if you never knew these facts! Source: Mental Floss Next: Bet You Didn’t Know You Could Do This With Jello... Next Page Related Topics:bill murraycolumbia picturesEntertainmentfactsGhostbustersIvan ReitmanPeter AykroydRay Parker Jr. Up Next How Much Do You Know about The Beverly Hillbillies? Test Your Knowledge with Our Quiz! Don't Miss The Best Athletes Turned Actors of All Time! Continue Reading You may like Celebrities Living Outside the Hustle of Hollywood Did You Know Burt Reynolds Was As Interesting As He Was Kind-Hearted? 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