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Who ya gonna call? 'Ghostbusters' cast takes over TODAY plaza

The cast and director of the new 'Ghostbusters' reboot joined superfans Matt Lauer and Al Roker on TODAY in advance of the movie's release.
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After months of anticipation, it's finally time for the ladies to bust some ghosts.

Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Kristen Wiig joined "Ghostbusters" superfans Al Roker and Matt Lauer along with director Paul Feig on Rockefeller Plaza Tuesday in advance of the new reboot opening in theaters on Friday.

"I feel like it's a documentary of a summer that we all had that was like a camp experience,'' McKinnon said. "It's just like a photo album of all the fun we had."

To round out the "Ghostbusters" theme, a giant, inflatable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man also joined the crew on the plaza.

Cast of Ghostbusters
The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man joined the cast of the new "Ghostbusters," Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones and director Paul Feig, on Rockefeller Plaza on TODAY Tuesday.Vivian Solomon / TODAY

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Al had a bucket list moment when he got behind the wheel of the iconic "Ghostbusters" car, the Ecto-1, to drive McCarthy and Feig to the plaza. Al also makes a cameo in the movie, joking Tuesday that he's still finding bits of slime he couldn't get off.

"You've got to step away when you have a thespian like this and just let them do their thing,'' Feig said about Al's performance.

The ladies play four Ghostbusters who save New York City from a new group of ghouls, 32 years after Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson rescued the Big Apple in the original blockbuster.

Al Roker was livin' the dream when he got a chance to drive the famous Ecto-1 car from Ghostbusters.
Al Roker was livin' the dream when he got a chance to drive the famous Ecto-1 car from Ghostbusters.

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"We love the original movie so much so we wanted to have elements from that, but we wanted to make it our own story so that these four incredible talents could shine,'' Feig said. "The main thing we wanted to do was make a movie where people would go have fun for two hours."

Cast of Ghostbusters
Her fellow cast members picked Leslie Jones as the most likely to break out an obscene gesture or forget her lines on set.Nathan Congleton / TODAY

Jones described her character, subway worker Patty Tolan, as "sassy and real," while McKinnon's nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann is "a fun wacko." Wiig plays Erin Gilbert, who she says is "a little strait-laced and probably has bran cereal for breakfast every day."

"I would say (my character) Abby (Yates) is pretty steadfast and she may eat a hot dog for breakfast, if we're playing that game,'' McCarthy countered.

Al Roker and Carson Daly are "Ghostbusters," on TODAY.
"Ghostbusters" superfan Al Roker was in his glory on Tuesday, getting to strap on a proton pack along with Carson Daly.Nathan Congleton / TODAY

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Matt and Al, who quote "Ghostbusters" hourly, did their best to get anything definitive out of Feig and the cast about a possible sequel, to no avail.

"Melissa summed it up best when she said you're in labor and you're in the OR and you're having the baby, and it's not even out yet, you don't say, 'I think I'll have another baby,''' Feig said. "But we loved doing it."

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