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‘Ghostbusters’ Alternate Takes Reveal the Making of an Iconic Scene

A great movie feels like alchemy — you can’t see the seams in the construction. That’s why it’s always fun to discover B-roll of a bonafide classic and see how that delicious, perfect sausage was made. These unearthed alternate takes from the set of ‘Ghostbusters‘ don’t feel entirely real, mainly because it’s hard to imagine such a perfect movie not appearing out of thin air, fully formed.

The footage has the camera rolling while stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and the late¬†Harold Ramis¬†continuously perform the cheesy commercial that their characters create to advertise their supernatural protection service. As much fun as it is to see the various different takes each actor has on each line, it’s just as fun to watch the actors flub and ask to start over. Especially interesting is how many of the alternate takes have a different team name, with the trio calling themselves “Ghoststoppers” and ‘Ghostblasters” at various points.

The fact that we’re so intrigued and excited by five raw minutes of these actors messing up their lines is all the evidence we need that the much-talked-about ‘Ghostbusters 3‘ shouldn’t happen. Watching footage like this is like watching accidental wizards capture lightning in a bottle. You can’t replicate that. It just has to happen on its own.

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