Ernie Hudson was recently doing publicity for his show The Family Business which is currently in its 2nd season on the BET Network and we had a chance to speak with him about a variety of topics.
DS: Does the variety excite you when you’re seeking your next acting role?
EH: I’ve always kind of It’s nice to find different things different characters that’s the fun of being an actor. As an actor, you get a chance to explore what-if to be another character shaped by different circumstances. That’s what I enjoy about being an actor.
DS: What do the TV shows Fantasy Island, Taxi, Incredible Hulk, The White Shadow, Little House on the Prarie, and Bosom Buddies, you’ve been on every one of those shows, Which one of these experience stands out the most?
EH: The nice thing about acting is um they’re all uniquely different. I enjoy everything I do, but each show has a different cast that you know just a different crew. I look back on Bosom Buddies working with Tom Hanks was fun. I get a chance to work with people I admire and get to know them, and then I can move on to something else.
DS: what’s the oddest fan experience that you can recount as it pertains to Ghostbusters?
EH: Well you know when the movie first came out I remember meeting fans who would want to look at me with curiosity, and then they asked if I was an actor. I’d say Yeah. They would say, What have you been in? I would say Ghostbusters. They would say Oh Ghostbusters, what part? I would say I’m the black guy. They would go, oh yeah. I’d then wonder what other part they imagine I’d played. Fans come up with some of the strangest things. Also, you know you’re in a bathroom at a urinal, and some guy is standing next to you, and then he wants to reach over and and and and shake your hand.
DS: Have you been approached at a urinal before?
EH: It’s happened more than once! They’ll say the weirdest things. I remember some of the people going; I love your work… You’re my favorite actor, and then they feel comfortable and say things like you put a lot of weight.. you don’t look so good. I worked with Jim Belushi and a mini-series called Wild Palms years ago, and Jim wouldn’t sign autographs. He would talk to a person for a moment, but he wouldn’t sign autographs. I asked him why and he says you know they hate you. I said, What do you mean? He said, give them five minutes. At first, it’s very flattering, but after they feel a little more comfortable, they’ll tell you stuff like I saw that movie you weren’t very good. It’s the weirdest thing. It’s uh that whole relationship people having a hard time separating you from your work. People sometimes don’t know the separation. People tell me, you know that we made you and I’m like not really.
DS: During the filming of the Ghostbusters movie, I imagine the mood was light. Was there anybody in the cast who took it super seriously?
EH: Danny believes in the whole world of paranormal. He’s one of the creators and one of the writers. I don’t know if he was super serious, but he was when compared to Bill (laugh).
DS: Why do you think The 2016 Ghostbusters had trouble connecting with hardcore fans of the franchise?
EH: You follow up with the characters, and you want to see them do their thing. I think fans wanted to see an extension of that movie a continuation, something that relates. I think Paul Feig wanted to do his sort of interpretation, which is fine. I like the movie. I’m a fan of all the girls. I just think that it was not the same as the original Ghostbusters. I think that’s what fans are looking for. So I don’t think it was just the fact that it was women. I think the fact that it didn’t connect to the original movies and even we came back doing cameos we had to play different characters which kind of didn’t make sense. The new movie is tied to the first, so I think that’s what fans want.
DS: I imagine you can’t tell me much, So I’m just going to ask what can you tell me about Ghostbusters Afterlife?
EH: I think it’s probably pretty well know now… if it isn’t, I’m probably going to get a call from the studio … but you know everybody came back to be a part of it. It’s an amazing new cast that moves the franchise into the future. Yeah, it was just great. It was almost a spiritual experience. It’s been 35 years, so it was just a fantastic experience for me.
DS: Can you add anything else?
EH: (Laughs) You know the story is bigger than us though it’s you know we’re not the the the center of it. What Jason Riteman, who wrote the movie, came up with is just amazing. I’m so glad he decided to do it. He came up with an amazing story. Suppose somebody asked me how it could have been done. I could not have imagined a better situation. I’m just so impressed with him.