Hypothetical 'Ghostbusters' News: John Hodgman Could Be Egon's Psychic Son

September 15, 2011


Thus far, the majority of the fuel keeping the Ghostbusters 3 fire alive has been the Crystal Head vodka Dan Aykroyd spits every time he insists the dubious project will get made. All this talk of a new team of Ghostbusters aiding their sickly, near-bedridden counterparts might seem like the daydreams of a man who considers himself a "ufologist"--except that this latest rumor backing up those claims comes from someone whose distinguished, scholarly air lends everything he says an inexplicable credibility.

Speaking on the latest episode of The Best Show with Tom Scharpling, nerd-favored humorist John Hodgman--who may or may have not been kidding--dropped some news that he might be up for the role of Egon's psychic son in the unfortunately-planned Ghostbuster sequel. The PC personification asked listeners:

If you were hypothetically offered a role in Ghostbusters 3... would you take the role? Let's say you're [playing] sort of the dissolute son of Egon, the Harold Ramis character, and you're kind of like John Candy in Splash, you're kind of a mess. But it turns out you're a natural ghost-whisperer, a natural psychic. But here's the thing: Bill Murray's not going to be in this movie, and probably not happy that you are. But you get to be in a major role, in a major movie and one of the greatest franchises of all time. Would you do it?

As io9 notes, Hodgman has already--back when this question was truly hypothetical--answered with a negative, but obviously the bigger potential question here is: Egon will have a depraved, apparently long-lost and illegitimate 40-year-old son who's able to psychically talk to ghosts? Yeah, maybe.

UPDATE: Well, already Hodgman has issued a Twitter, succinctly telling the joke-misunderstanding internet that it was a joke. Or maybe he just got a call from Dan Aykroyd that he'd better shut up or he's not going to get to play Egon's ghost whispering son. We'll see.

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