Finn Wolfhard Didn't Drive 'Ecto-1' On Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2021!
"I was in the [Ecto-1] a lot doing lots of fake driving. There was a stunt guy." Finn Wolfhard says.
14 October 2021 by Fonticha Techamaneewat
On October 9, Ghostbusters: Afterlife's Finn Wolfhard (Trevor) revealed to fans that he didn't actually drive Ecto-1!
For those who don't know, Finn is starring as Trevor in the highly anticipated Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021), an official sequel to Ghostbusters II (1989) which is set 30 years later.
Fast forward, and on the Ghostbusters Afterlife Panel NYCC 2021, Finn admits he wasn't actually driving Ecto-1 after the interviewer assumed he drove Ecto-1 full time.
I "Finn, you’re a man of a certain age. You must have a driving license, I imagine, driving the Ecto-1 around all the time."
Finn then responded that he actually attempted to pass his driving test twice, but unfortunately, failed both times:
I "Totally. Yeah. Er…. no. That was the big crux of my character, that he’s a driver. [...] And I’m a method actor so I went out and failed my driver’s test twice, so no."
However, Finn did add that the crew did let him drive the Ecto-1 "a few inches" away from its original position.
I "I didn’t technically. .. well I did drive it. It drove a few inches. That’s all they kind of trusted me with. It was pretty amazing."
Finn spoke more about driving Ecto-1 in another interview with Rotten Tomatoes. The interviewer asked if the crew was protective of Ecto-1 due to its significance to the film.
I "Were they very protective of it when you got in it, like, 'You can’t touch this?'"
In response, Finn revealed that they were. He also added that it was "soup-ed up" and specifically made for a "race car driver". Due to this, he was mostly "fake driving" the car and that it was a stunt driver who had control of the brakes and accelerator.
I "Yes. It was souped-up. It was [...] made for a race car driver which I’m not that, so they mostly used stunt drivers. I was in the car a lot doing lots of fake driving. There was a stunt guy."
However, Finn was steering the wheel. There is a scene in the movie where Finn is driving the Ecto-1 around the neighborhood, but despite feeling confident that he could drive it personally, the production crew decided against it.
I "There’s a scene where we're sort of creeping around the neighborhood and stuff. And I’m driving and there’s a stunt guy where my feet are to press the brakes and the gas."
I "So there's a scene where we’re driving a lot. So it’s like it is technically me driving because I’m steering, but no one would let me do anything."
Finn also adds that Dan Ackroyd was in disbelief of why Finn hadn't had the chance to drive Ecto-1 yet.
I "Dan Ackroyd, when he came onto the set, he’s like, 'Why haven’t you driven the car yet?' He’s like, 'Just take it around the block a few times.'"
Finn, on the other hand, decided not to do that as he was certain he'd land in trouble with the cast and crew.
I "It doesn’t work like that . Everyone would definitely be so mad."
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) is set to hit theaters on 19 November, 2021.
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