Ghostbusters is ALLLLL over our October MYTHICAL Loot Crate, Loot Crate DX and Loot Pets! Because of that, we decided to peek in on some well-known and somewhat lesser-known trivia. Let’s take a peek at some facts about one of the best comedies of all time!
1. You know that ‘marshmallow‘ that came rocketing onto Walter Peck and threw him to the ground? That was shaving cream. More than fifty gallons got dumped on poor Walter. I think I would’ve preferred Fluff! OR Cool Whip!? Something other than shaving cream!
2. That wasn’t even the worst thing to happen to the actor who played Walter Peck of the Environmental Protection Agency. William Atherton, who brought Peck to life, used to call Ivan Reitman just to tell him that people were constantly accosting him and screaming at him, as if it was actually Walter Peck. First the shaving cream, then verbal assault!? It definitely means he acted the heck out of that role!
3. The schedule to release Ghostbusters was such a tight one that they didn’t actually get the chance to do post-editing to remove certain wires and practical effect issues from the final cut of the film.
4. One of the inspirations behind Gozer was an alleged haunting in England where a house was ‘taken-over’ by a spirit named Gozer. Supposedly, this spirit would write his name all over the home’s walls and the name was so unique when they researched the story that they just had to use it.
5. Originally, Ivan Reitman approached Paul Reubens of Pee-Wee Herman fame to play Gozer. Through tons of re-writes and editing, Gozer took on a more refined form to be a mixture between David Bowie and Grace Jones.
6. Our iconic 80’s Batman, Michael Keaton, was actually approached for the roles of Venkman and Spengler but turned down both. He had capes to try on, I’m guessing.
7. Ivan Reitman wasn’t actually a fan of the more high-definition copies of his films. When he was filming, there was a lot of matte painting and editing work that looked best on the screen and for the eventual VHS formatting. When the movie was brought to high definition in laser-disc, he famously panned the visuals of it.
8. Until Home Alone, Ghostbusters was the biggest box-office comedy of all-time. Dang, that kid is way more trouble than he’s worth.
9. Chevy Chase actually turned down a role in Ghostbusters simply because he felt the original script was far more edgy, dark and even scarier than the re-write. To him, he would’ve preferred that one over the chirpy paranormal comedy it became.
10. The Ectomobile’s original art direction was for it to be black but once Production and Design leads realized so many scenes were to be filmed at night and the vehicle would have a hard time showing up in those scenes, it was scrapped for a bright white.