In 1984 came a hit (now cult) film that spawned a sequel, a cartoon, a hit single and a slew of quotes that are never forgotten.
GHOSTBUSTERS is a great film but....where and why does the 4th Ghostbuster; Winston Zeddemore enter the films plot?
When we (or at least I) think of the Ghostbusters you've got Egon, Ray and Peter Venkman. A Google image search will bring up the same trio... and then about halfway through the film, due to what can only be a lack of ethnic diversity...Winston Zeddemore shows up, gets a job with the Ghostbusters and then delivers about three lines during the time the camera decides to focus on him.
I was thinking about this a few days ago, and what I would do if I were to remake Ghostbusters now. Would I choose to bring in Winston at the start? Would I stick to the original plot or would I just have all ethnic quotas filled right from the start. The trouble is, to do any either way is to me a way of patronising "positive discrimination".
Personally I think I'd get Chris Rock to play the part so we get a full Afro-American represent. here are some suggested lines for him:
"Stay Puft! What is it with you white-boys gotta have a white bad guy to kill the brothers".
"Don't cross the streams white-boys. That's what white boys do, you - who are white and I am not".
"I am black, my skin is black, all of yours is white, therefore I will point this out every few seconds".
Extreme Ghostbusters had all of their bases covered:
A little wheelchair fella, A goth girl, a stoner, token black guy and a slimer. Sorted. Next?
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