Ghostbusters Star Ernie Hudson Talks Pay Disparity, Racism, and a New Movie

ghost hunters Star Ernie Hudson talks about the beloved franchise, the female-led reboot, and the unfair treatment he received in the ’80s on the original films.

Hudson appeared in five ghost hunters films, starting with the 1984 original, the 1989 sequel, the 2021 one Ghostbusters: The Afterlife And Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, which was released in theaters on Friday. The actor also appeared in the female-led film ghost hunters reboot in 2016, while playing a different character.

His role as Winston Zeddemore was first offered to Eddie Murphy before Hudson joined. It appears the role was significantly reduced before filming began (Winston doesn’t even appear until about halfway through the film). The character did not appear on the theater poster either. But Hudson says it’s more complicated than attributing it solely to racism.

“You know, being a person of African descent anywhere in the world, we all just learn to live together and get along and realize that we’re all connected,” he said. said in an interview with a British newspaper The Independent. “And sometimes it’s very tempting to blame racism for everything that’s not working in your life. But there are a lot of things that come into play. It’s not that simple.

Hudson says he was paid less than his co-stars, but Murphy likely would have earned more if he had taken the role, given his higher profile.

“We can say it’s a race thing, but I think if Eddie Murphy had played the role that I played, he would have been paid very well,” Hudson said. “I think the studios are in the business of making money, and they pay what they think they should pay.”

In addition to Hudson, original stars Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray returned…

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