So, the pedigree on this item is somewhere above Internet rumour and speculation, but only by the barest of margins. Mike Walker, gossip columnist for the National Enquirer, holds a weekly game in which readers of the Enquirer, listeners of the Howard Stern Show, and the Stern crew themselves, guess which of four gossip items is false.
This week, one of the “true” items was that Dan Aykroyd has called Bill Murray to stop being a jerk and holding up production;
WHO YA GONNA CALL DEPT.: DAN AYKROYD called old pal/“Ghostbusters” co-star BILL MURRAY and snarled: “Stop acting like a jerk!” It’s getting spooky-ugly as Aykroyd, Murray, SIGOURNEY WEAVER, HAROLD RAMIS and ERNIE HUDSON struggle to birth their proposed “Ghostbusters 3” sequel because Murray – despite agreeing to do the film – has suddenly turned so cranky and mean, he even refuses to answer phone calls. “Producers, who’ve given Bill script approval, need his cooperation, but they can’t seem to get him on the phone to talk about the script,” said a source. “He’s even told them his character should be killed off in the first couple of minutes of the movie! Bill’s famously hard to handle, but he’s really gone off the deep end since the breakup of his marriage. That’s why Dan, who knows him best, phoned to read him the riot act, but…!” Stay tuned.
The question is, how much value to put on a “True” gossip item. It’s like calling something a “real” rumour – awesome, it’s real… but it’s still a rumour. Right? Well, these days, it turns out the Enquirer is about as good a source as any other media outlet, particularly when it comes to celebrity and political scandal. Not that Aykroyd chewing out Murray is a scandal – that’s more like a good guess that nobody will follow up on. But like I said, it does rank somewhere above Internet hearsay in the veracity department. And hey – who doesn’t want to yell “Hurry up!” at anybody involved in a third movie these days?
Thanks to Steven Hough for the tip.
[VIA Bloody Disgusting]