'Ghostbusters' Superfan Al Roker Shares Thoughts on Reboot as Stars Call Each Other Out on 'Today'
The NBC meteorologist also has a cameo in the all-female remake hitting theaters Friday.
Regular viewers of NBC's Today show know that Al Roker and Matt Lauer are big fans of the original 1984 Ghostbusters, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis. The two regularly quote the film and Roker even visited the set of, and has a cameo in, the female-fronted reboot which hits theaters Friday.
So what does Roker think of the film — starring Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Kristen Wiig — that has received mixed reviews since it premiered in L.A. on Saturday night? Roker didn't offer a detailed review but did reveal that he and Lauer had seen it and said of the reboot, "love it." Roker also complimented the actresses on their "terrific camaraderie" and seemed to be a fan of McKinnon's performance, which has earned praise from critics.
Wiig said that knowing each other before filming "helped with the chemistry." Indeed, Wiig, McCarthy and director Paul Feig worked together on Bridesmaids, with McCarthy joining Feig for Spy and The Heat. Meanwhile, McKinnon and Jones currently co-star on NBC's Saturday Night Live.
To prove how well the castmembers know one another, the Today hosts asked them to play a game. They prompted the actresses by asking who would be most likely to do one action or another and had them all point to the answer. McKinnon apparently is the queen of embarrassing bodily noises while Jones is known for her obscene gestures and line flubbing. Wiig's claim to fame? Emoji-filled texts.
Lauer and Roker pressed the cast on whether they were willing to sign up for a sequel, but the gang indicated it was premature to be contemplating that. McCarthy compared that to asking a woman who just delivered a child if she's ready to have a second. When Lauer and Roker came back to the question, the cast and Feig danced on the street in evasion.
Of his approach to the reboot, Feig said, "We love the original movie so much so we wanted to have elements from that, but we wanted to make it our own story so that these four incredible talents could shine."
McKinnon added of the film, "I feel like it's a documentary of a summer that we all had that was like a camp experience. It's just like a photo album of all the fun we had."
McCarthy added, "With ghosts."