Dan Aykroyd's 'Ghostbusters' Cameo Revealed as He Praises the New Movie

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Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis in 1984′s ‘Ghostbusters’ (Everett)

Update: The below clip has been taken down, but in case you were curious, it shows Aykroyd playing a surly cabbie who tells Kristen Wiig’s character that he definitely “ain’t afraid of no ghosts.”

This summer’s reimagined Ghostbusters may have become a lightning rod for controversy, thanks to its decision to cast women (Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones) as its heroic leads. However, at least one original specter-combatting star has now come out in full support of director Paul Feig’s latest — and his own participation in the proceedings has been revealed, as well.

In a brand-new U.K. TV spot (a low-quality rip of which is below), the cameo of founding Ghostbusters headliner and co-writer Dan Aykroyd has finally emerged. And as expected, his appearance is not as his former character, Dr. Ray Stantz:

Two days ago, Aykroyd publicly hailed Feig’s updated Ghostbusters — which will also feature a drop-in turn from none other than Bill Murray — via Facebook, going so far as to claim that it’s funnier and scarier than the first two movies:

“As originator of the original: Saw test screening of new movie. Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films plus Bill Murray is in it! As one of millions of man-fans and Ray Stantz, I’m paying to see that and bringing all my friends!”

No doubt Aykroyd’s role as an executive producer on the new Ghostbusters helped motivate him to enthusiastically promote the film, which has been combatting online objections to its female-centric premise and initial trailer, which currently stands as the most disliked movie clip in YouTube history.

Moviegoers will get a chance to determined if Ghostbusters does right by its popular source material when it hits theaters on July 15. In the meantime, check out the newest trailer below: