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Paul Feig states that engaging with Ghostbusters trolls was a big mistake

04.28.2017

There's no doubt that the female-led GHOSTBUSTERS reboot was met with a special brand of resistance the moment that news of its existence hit the internet. While a large amount of individuals were excited for the film, it felt as if for a very long time that those who were vehemently opposed to the film had the louder voice. Thinking back on it, I can recall Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones each speaking about the controversy head-on when asked about the backlash during interviews and such. I also remember the way director Paul Feig chose to address all the fuss, by engaging the trolls directly with a series of remarks and a stern wag of his finger. It was a tumultuous time for the GHOSTBUSTERS community to say the least.

The question now is, why would I even bother to bring up such a sore topic? Well, this past Tuesday, while attending the Tribeca Film Festival, Feig said, "If I could go back in the time machine, I just wouldn’t read it … The biggest mistake I made was I took on one of the trolls.” However, even with that being said, Feig also expressed that he doesn't regret his decision to reboot GHOSTBUSTERS using an all-female primary cast, especially after having so many female fans of the film tell him, "if I had this movie when I was a kid, I would have been an engineer right now." 

While I'm of the mind that feeding trolls is unwise, I think there's a part of me that can understand why Feig felt like he needed to respond to all of the premature venom and vitriol the film had received before so much as a frame of it had hit the web. Live and learn, I suppose.

Paul Feig's next directorial effort will be for SPY 2, which I'm assuming will star Melissa McCarthy, once again, as agent Susan Cooper.   

Extra Tidbit: In the first century A.D., the great Roman author and statesman Pliny the Younger recorded one of the first notable ghost stories in his letters, which became famous for their vivid account of life during the heyday of the Roman Empire. Pliny reported that the specter of an old man with a long beard, rattling chains, was haunting his house in Athens. The Greek writer Lucian and Pliny’s fellow Roman Plautus also wrote memorable ghost stories.
Source: CBR.com

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