How GHOSTBUSTERS Pissed Off One of the Greatest Sci-Fi Authors

Here's a fun little bit of trivia about Ghostbusters from Blastr. With all of the laughs and fun that Ghostbusters has brought us over the years, it's hard to believe that the sci-fi comedy classic could make anyone angry. But apparently, while filming on location in NYC, it pissed off a bunch of New Yorkers, including one of the world's greatest sci-fi authors, Isaac Asimov.

While much of the film was filmed in Los Angeles, most of the exteriors -- including the iconic Ghostbusters firehouse, and the shots at Columbia University -- were filmed in New York City. While filming the movie's final showdown atop a New York City apartment building in Manhattan's Upper West Side, the crew had to shut down traffic on several major Manhattan streets. 

By the time they were done, half of midtown Manhattan was at a standstill, and unfortunately for the cast, one of the thousands of New Yorkers who got stuck in traffic was Isaac Asimov.

Asimov was so incensed by the delay in his commute that when he found out what was causing the holdup, he made his way to the film's set and vented his frustration to star Dan Aykroyd.

This would probably have just been a fun story to tell for Aykroyd, but according to co-star Harold Ramis, Aykroyd was such a huge admirer of the author that he was "crushed" by the incident. Since Asimov passed away in 1992, we're left wondering whether or not he ended up seeing the film and if he liked it.

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