Get your proton packs ready
IN ADDITION to extolling the virtues of Crystal Head Vodka, Dan Aykroyd talked with the Daily News on Friday about his film and television career. Some excerpts:
On the multigenerational love for "Ghostbusters": "I credit 50 percent of the success of that movie to Bill Murray's performance. It was solidly written, and it has heart. 'Ghostbusters' was full of heart . . . my generation took their kids to see it, and now their grandkids are watching it."
On the possibility of a "Ghostbusters 3": "We're closer to where we've ever been on the third one. We're at the point where we're ready to probably finalize the script."
On the fates of wonderfully wacky "Saturday Night Live" characters Leonard Pinth-Garnell and Irwin Mainway: "Leonard would probably be on public television. Irwin would be selling the same bad stuff on the Internet. He'd be a success, selling bags of glass. [EBay] would be perfect for Irwin."
Any sequels or remakes being eyed for his other classic '80s films? "I could see another 'Spies Like Us,' where Chevy [Chase] and I are training another generation of spies. . . . I think [producer] Brian Grazer is looking at doing a remake. He did speak to me about that."
Why "Trading Places" (filmed in Philadelphia) still resonates, 30 years after it was released: "It was just very well-written, and brilliantly directed by John Landis. Eddie [Murphy] was terrific. And [the characters of the Duke brothers] Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche, what an honor it was to work with them. Ameche could do 150 push-ups!"
- David Gambacorta