Without Dan Aykroyd, it’s very possible the Ghostbusters reboot may have never happened. From the very beginning, he’s been attached as an executive producer, and he also helped with the script. There’s no question that he was super involved, but as it turns out, his character in the film was originally supposed to be much more significant.
In an interview with CinemaBlend, Ghostbusters co-writer/co-producer Katie Dippold explained that Aykroyd almost had a much bigger role, but it was cut out of the final film.
“There’s actually another scene for Dan Aykroyd that was a spiritual advisor named Rick Gale, but then like, at that point in the story, it felt like it was too much for this late in the story, so we had to like take that out, which is a bummer,” Dippold said.
Minor spoiler alert: Instead of reprising his role as Dr. Ray Stantz, we can tell you that Aykroyd makes a cameo as a taxi driver who tells Kristen Wiig’s character that he definitely “ain’t afraid of no ghosts.”
To find out other fun tidbits about the new reimagination, you’ll just need to wait until July 15 when the film is released!