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Fire Chief Spotted in GB2

Posted: October 29th, 2020, 3:48 pm
by LordOfTheSebouillia
I always knew the spoken dialogue for the Fire Chief who has seen every form of internal combustion known to man was cut from GB2. I didn't notice until today that you can see him in a few shots outside the museum as the GBs line up to fire at the museum. He's easily spotted on the left frame in the wide shot of the four GBs march (right after "yes, I think I can learn").

It's probably something I knew and is common knowledge and just forgot about but still wanted to share all the same. I encourage everyone to watch some of those crowd shots in slo-mo. The looks some people give when they see the ghostbusters jogging down Fifth Ave are priceless.

Re: Fire Chief Spotted in GB2

Posted: October 29th, 2020, 5:37 pm
by Dr.D
Good eye. He actually originally had some dialogue too before most of his scene was cut. Originally he tells Ray and Peter about the Titanic and sets up Venkman to deliver the "better late than never" line.

Gotta say, one of the best things about GB2 was the casting continuity. Few movies are able to bring back so many people from the first go-round. To me it just made the world of the movie feel a bit more cohesive.

Re: Fire Chief Spotted in GB2

Posted: October 29th, 2020, 9:10 pm
by Alex Newborn
I was just watching that footage on the EPK the other day. Jump to the 38:14 mark.



I looked up the actor's imdb listing. His name is John Ring.

I was hoping to find out some info on his background, like maybe he really was a Fire Commissioner before retiring and becoming an actor.

His bio's almost totally empty, but his filmography revealed a surprise... he also plays a Fire Commissioner (uncredited) in The Blues Brothers.

Now I have to go looking for him in that!

Alex

Re: Fire Chief Spotted in GB2

Posted: October 29th, 2020, 10:41 pm
by mrmichaelt
Yes, that's John Ring who played the Fire Commissioner "John" in the 1st movie. He's in the GB2 deleted scenes a lot from what I recall. devilmanozzy told me about it some years ago. I guess we'll never know why John got bumped down to Fire Captain in the 5 year gap. lol. (Also it's "Fire Captain" in the Feb 1989 draft of GB2)

Re: Fire Chief Spotted in GB2

Posted: October 30th, 2020, 9:46 pm
by Wafflerobot
I noticed him in a GB2 deleted scene i only saw recently for the first time. Its great they managed to get so many members of the first film's cat back.