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Original ‘Ghostbusters’ Star Sigourney Weaver Embraces the All-Female Reboot: ‘It Was Time’

Sigourney Weaver in 'Harper’s Bazaar'
Sigourney Weaver in ‘Harper’s Bazaar.’

She ain’t afraid of no change! Sigourney Weaver, who appeared in the original Ghostbusters flicks in the ’80s, opened up to Harper’s Bazaar about passing the ghoul gig on to the reboot’s female cast: Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon.

Ghostbusters Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon
From left: Ghostbusters Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon).

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“To be able to hand Ghostbusters over to these incredibly talented women felt perfect, and it was time,” the 66-year-old, who starred in the 1984 flick and its 1989 sequel alongside Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson, said in the magazine’s August issue. “There is such wonderful chemistry between the four of them. That does remind me of the boys because they were old friends and they had worked together a lot too. That kind of comedic pairing is just gold. You just turn the camera on and let them go at it.” 

Sigourney Weaver in Harper’s Bazaar
Sigourney Weaver in ‘Harper’s Bazaar.’

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Weaver — who played Dana Barrett, a possessed cellist and Murray’s love interest — witnessed the women’s dynamic firsthand. After all, she makes a cameo in the movie (in theaters July 15). “I think the fans are going to be pleased by how we pop up,” the Oscar nominee added. “It’s just a very sweet movie but also very funny and kind of crazy. I think that’s a big part of what films can do — take us to another world.”

Rick Moranis looking up at Sigourney Weaver in a scene from the original 'Ghostbusters' film, 1984.
Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver in the 1984 film ‘Ghostbusters.’

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Still, after 32 years, she doesn’t buy into paranormal activity. “But I do have a friend who tries to get in touch with the other world,” Weaver, wed to director Jim Simpson, admitted. “She does things like go on ghost tours of Grand Central station and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. So there’s a lot of ghost presence, perhaps, in New York.”

The August issue of Harper’s Bazaar is on newsstands July 19.

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