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Kevin Beckman (mostly, referred to as simply Kevin) is the Receptionist for the Ghostbusters in the 2016 movie.


He clearly isn't the brightest, but he makes up for it in his looks. He is known for confusing relatively simple things, such as sight and sound.


He was the only applicant to apply for the Receptionist position. From the moment he stepped into the second floor of the Ghostbusters' make-shift headquarters, Erin Gilbert has been making advances towards him, which he seems unaware of. Abby and Jillian are astonished by how dumb he seems, but they hire him anyway.


  • On June 10, 2015, it was first reported Chris Hemsworth joined the cast as the receptionist. [1] Paul Feig confirmed the casting on his Twitter account. [2]
  • On August 17, 2015, photos of Chris Hemsworth in a jumpsuit riding an Ecto-2 was taken. [3]
  • Costume designer Jeffrey Kurland and Chris Hemsworth went through several pairs of glasses to see which one suited Kevin. [4]
  • The receptionist was always going to be male. During production Kristen Wiig improvised Erin having a crush on Kevin. [5]
  • Initially, Kevin was going to be an apathetic character but Melissa McCarthy pointed out the team had to care about wanting to rescue him. Hemsworth began improvising. [6]
  • The Mike Hat joke was improvised by Chris Hemsworth while filming the interview scene. [7]
  • During his interview, Kevin is asked not to listen and he closes his eyes. As Abby, Erin, and Holtzmann discuss whether to hire him or not, he hits the gong and again closes his eyes instead of his ears.
  • In Ghostbusters International #4, in the What Came Before! section, Janine Melnitz's new hire was revealed to be named Kevin likely as a nod to Kevin.



  1. THR "Chris Hemsworth Joins 'Ghostbusters' Reboot as Receptionist" 6/10/15
  2. paulfeig Tweet 6/10/15
  3. Vanity Fair 8/17/15
  4. Cinema Blend "10 Ecto-Cool Things We Learned on theGhostbusters Set" page 8 4/28/16 Jeffrey Kurland says: "He wanted to create a character that was different from his persona and we thought the glasses will be great to break away from that. So we tried on several pairs to see what suited the character that he wanted to play and that was the best one."
  5. Yahoo! Movies "Screenwriter Katie Dippold on How 'Ghostbusters' Changed and Why 'The Heat 2' Isn't Happening" 7/20/16 Katie Dippold says: "We always thought male. At least in the script, the hunky part wasn't super-important. And actually even Kristen having a crush on him, she just kind of improvised and started doing it. That was something that happened during production."
  6. Yahoo! Movies "Screenwriter Katie Dippold on How 'Ghostbusters' Changed and Why 'The Heat 2' Isn't Happening" 7/20/16 Katie Dippold says: "Kevin probably changed the most because originally his character was this apathetic [guy]… I thought about what would have to be the most frustrating thing for them to deal with in an assistant? Cause these people are trying so hard to do this thing and they're really passionate trying to prove something. So I thought they'd have this guy who was super-apathetic… But then in hindsight, I don't think apathy is the funnest thing to play. And also because we changed it so he's rescued in the third act. Melissa had a point like, "We need to care about getting this person back." So we started playing around with it and Chris started improvising a lot, and it kind of became this lovable dummy."
  7. EMPIRE Online "Empire Podcast: Ghostbusters Spoiler Special with Paul Feig" 02:28-02:32 7/27/16 Paul Feig says: "That was actually -- that came from the mind of the genius Chris Hemsworth."


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