Oh @wilwheaton, you nut.
It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone – as a prince amoung geeks and aficionado of all things pop culture and funny, it should almost be a given that Wil Wheaton is a fan of Ghostbusters. Even though this recent interview with Chicago Now does make it pretty clear that the film has gone from Most Awesome to merely Awesome over the years, it’s still nice to hear him talk about how much he loved Ghostbusters as a kid.
What’s the geekiest thing you’ve ever done?
Oh God, where do I start? When I was 11 or 12, I was really into “Ghostbusters.” I thought it was the coolest movie ever. I watched “Ghostbusters” every weekend for–I think it was in our theater for 3 and a half months–I was crazy about it. I decided for Halloween I was going to be a Ghostbuster. So I took my Megatron Transformer–it will be surprising for the kids today that Megatron was actually a gun in the 80s and he could change size. I took my Megatron and assembled it. I used clear packing tape to make sure it stayed together as a gun. I used surgical tubing and styrofoam and my backpack from school and all these different things to make a proton pack. I borrowed a jumpsuit I think from my mom. I photocopied the cover of my “Ghostbusters” album and used the reduce feature. I did this at a drug store by my house.
I built the entire thing. I even built one of those PK meters that they had using a tube of toilet paper and a couple of chopsticks. I drew on the chopstick the little circles. And then built this complicated mechanism inside using like string and tape. I made pulleys so I could make the thing go up and down. … I was so proud of this thing that I would just wear it around the house. I thought it was cool. It was a little bit of shock to me when some of other kids in the neighborhood didn’t think it was as awesome as I did.
That’s probably the geekiest thing I ever did.
And were you shocked when it worked, too?
Yeah, it was really impressive. And then I would put the soundtrack on–I loved the album. I had seen the movie so many times; this was before videotapes of “Ghostbusters” were available. I’d seen the movie so many times that I could recreate the movie. I could say the dialogue and I would play all the different characters. I would do it in my bedroom and in the kitchen and in the living room at my parents’ house, in my costume and listening to the soundtrack, and then I would act out the scenes based on what was happening in the soundtrack. It was hilarious.
There’s a second part to the interview that went up today (Thursday) – a brief mention of Ghostbusters, but regardless, it’s well worth reading just as an interview.