Legendary film director and actor Harold Ramis helped bring the world the 1980’s classic Ghostbusters as well as the well-known Groundhog Day. Though the talented performer was recognized for his contributions during the 2014 Oscars, Ramis continues to inspire. The President of the United States even took the time to remember the works created by the talented one-of-a-kind Hollywood icon. Barack Obama released the following statement eulogizing Ramis.
“When we watched his movies – from Animal House and Caddyshack to Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day – we didn’t just laugh until it hurt. We questioned authority. We identified with the outsider. We rooted for the underdog. And through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings. Our thoughts and prayers are with Harold’s wife, Erica, his children and grandchildren, and all those who loved him, who quote his work with abandon, and who hope that he received total consciousness,” the statement read.
With news swirling about the potential Ghostbusters 3, many linked to the project have continued to offer lingering praise for Ramis. According to Ernie Hudson, who is more popularly known as the fourth Ghostbuster, the script for the upcoming project is something to encourage excitement. “Script is really good and we’ve got a lot of interest from a lot of directors to do it. We’re just literally starting the search right now. We got a lot of incoming calls so we’re gonna go through it and see. The fans have been waiting very, very patiently,” Hudson said.
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis.
— Dan Aykroyd (@dan_aykroyd) February 24, 2014
Packs on! Will have Ivan’s back as I help him produce a GB 3 that Harold would be proud of.
— Dan Aykroyd (@dan_aykroyd) March 19, 2014
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