Latest Entertainment News Headlines

Paul Feig's Ghostbusters almost had another loud Melissa McCarthy character

03.11.2016

There's bound to be plenty off GHOSTBUSTERS hatred coming this way simply because I have chosen to write about something pertaining to the film. But I'm going to plow right through it and give a bit of credit to Paul Feig for one of the decisions he wound up making with his casting.

There's been a lot of criticism about Melissa McCarthy being in the movie period by people for whom Melissa McCarthy's comedy doesn't quite do it, and then, of course, there's been this slam against the film based on the first trailer regarding Leslie Jones' character for being too stereotypical and also for not appearing to be a scientist like the other women. But Feig has revealed to Empire that not all of that was originally planned. In fact, there was a very different idea at the outset for who McCarthy should be playing, and it was changed... and then, once Leslie Jones was decided upon, she was given a role that plays to what she has already displayed as her strengths.

When Katie [Dippold] and I wrote the script, we had written the role with Melissa in mind, but then I thought I’ve seen Melissa play a brash, larger than life character. She’s done it in my movies before!

I don’t normally like comedy that’s big and loud, but she [Leslie Jones] is able to pull that off in a way that feels real and it’s her. And when I make a movie, I want to find the funniest people I know and once I know what’s the funniest thing about them I want that to be the thing that I put on screen and let shine. This is the role that Leslie can shine comedically in. If you’ve ever seen her do stand-up, it’s just who she is. I wanted to unleash Leslie on the public in the same way we unleashed Melissa on the public in Bridesmaids, with a very showy role.

Look... Had you gotten Melissa McCarthy in that type of role again, the amount of bitching probably would have surpassed the point where we're at now, so it's safe to say Feig's decision helped mitigate it some. As for Jones' role, she has already responded to the problems people seem to be projecting onto a role she had no problem playing. 

So, think about it for a minute... For all the complaints being lobbed at this movie none of us have actually seen yet, on paper it could have been a lot worse. Gotta give some credit for not taking us down that path. Come on... How about a little positivity?

GHOSTBUSTERS gets called into theaters on July 15.

CLICK IMAGE TO OPEN GALLERY & SEE MORE PICS...

Source: Empire

RECOMMENDED MOVIE NEWS

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

10:47AM on 03/14/2016

Serious question

Can anyone think of a sequel, remake, or reboot that is so bad that it actually invalidated the great film that it was based on? I honestly can't think of any.
Can anyone think of a sequel, remake, or reboot that is so bad that it actually invalidated the great film that it was based on? I honestly can't think of any.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:57AM on 03/14/2016
What does that have to do with anything?
What does that have to do with anything?
1:41PM on 03/14/2016
you are correct, and this is rare, sequels/reboots can't really invalidate the original, BUT...

i think the Matrix sequels do invalidate and soften the original. If that was just one film, I think I'd remember it a lot more favorably than how I remember it as being the first in a lackluster trilogy
you are correct, and this is rare, sequels/reboots can't really invalidate the original, BUT...

i think the Matrix sequels do invalidate and soften the original. If that was just one film, I think I'd remember it a lot more favorably than how I remember it as being the first in a lackluster trilogy
4:22PM on 03/14/2016
@ Moat Man - just trying to put all the whining about this movie in perspective. If it sucks (or when it does if you ask some people), the original will still be just as awesome, and this one will eventually be forgotten. If its good then...well then its good.

@William Miller - You might be right on that one, although I think in that case, the sequels just amplified the already present flaws in the first. I mean, don't get me wrong, I still unabashedly love The Matrix, but there are
@ Moat Man - just trying to put all the whining about this movie in perspective. If it sucks (or when it does if you ask some people), the original will still be just as awesome, and this one will eventually be forgotten. If its good then...well then its good.

@William Miller - You might be right on that one, although I think in that case, the sequels just amplified the already present flaws in the first. I mean, don't get me wrong, I still unabashedly love The Matrix, but there are some flaws. I don't know if that would be the case with Ghostbusters, since GB 2 would've already done that.
2:20AM on 03/15/2016
Terminator Genesys. It eased the first two films from the timeline.
Terminator Genesys. It eased the first two films from the timeline.
3:59PM on 03/13/2016

I donít normally like comedy thatís big and loud, but she [Leslie Jones] is able to pull that off in a way that feels REAL AND IT"S HER!

And Jones calls people on twitter racist, does she not see her own director has typecast her. And the fact that he said he doesn't like big and loud comedy is the first hilarious laugh out loud thing he has been involved in!
And Jones calls people on twitter racist, does she not see her own director has typecast her. And the fact that he said he doesn't like big and loud comedy is the first hilarious laugh out loud thing he has been involved in!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:22PM on 03/13/2016

positive comment

gets dislikes for being positive. Sorry im not a whole bunch of negative nancys.

this movie looks fun and brings back a lot of nostalgia. The originals will always be there if I decide to watch them and this new movie is also there if i choose to watch it. not going to hate just to hate.
gets dislikes for being positive. Sorry im not a whole bunch of negative nancys.

this movie looks fun and brings back a lot of nostalgia. The originals will always be there if I decide to watch them and this new movie is also there if i choose to watch it. not going to hate just to hate.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+3
3:08PM on 03/13/2016
The cast and the director are insufferably obnoxious. Fuck this movie!
The cast and the director are insufferably obnoxious. Fuck this movie!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:06PM on 03/13/2016
This site is usually anti PC. It's funny how those same people have become the thing they hate because it's convenient for them and it's more fuel to flame the movie. .... Still waiting to see the movie before casting judgement. I saw one scene that could be in question of the debate at hand. ..So gonna wait and see.
This site is usually anti PC. It's funny how those same people have become the thing they hate because it's convenient for them and it's more fuel to flame the movie. .... Still waiting to see the movie before casting judgement. I saw one scene that could be in question of the debate at hand. ..So gonna wait and see.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:10AM on 03/14/2016
PC has nothing to do with the concerns people have. Like F4, our concerns ended up pretty well accurate to the point the Director said bad shit.
For myself, Not a fan of McCarthy, never been. Wiig I don't mind even though she looks bored in the trailers, McKinnon and Jones I don't know but I read a lot of Jones being loud which imo, is just not funny schtick. It may be what she is known for but here was an opportunity for her to do something different that Feig is essentially now saying he
PC has nothing to do with the concerns people have. Like F4, our concerns ended up pretty well accurate to the point the Director said bad shit.
For myself, Not a fan of McCarthy, never been. Wiig I don't mind even though she looks bored in the trailers, McKinnon and Jones I don't know but I read a lot of Jones being loud which imo, is just not funny schtick. It may be what she is known for but here was an opportunity for her to do something different that Feig is essentially now saying he took that away by typecasting her. McKinnon, brother told me to watch a few SNL videos of her and they are ok. Might be my dislike of SNL as it is.
I plan on seeing this movie without upfront judgement but to think Political Correctness has any influence, at least on my part, that's just not true for me. There are a TON of fantastic female actors out there far better than McCarthy and I will give Jones and McKinnon benefit of the doubt for not really knowing their work.
11:52AM on 03/13/2016

Ah, race

Exactly how the fuck is it 'racist' to say that a character who is an MTA worker is, um, an MTA worker? I'd say it'd be far more racist to, you know, comment on her Aunt Jemima-esque screaming during the exorcist scene or her utterance of 'Issss a Caaaadillack!'
Exactly how the fuck is it 'racist' to say that a character who is an MTA worker is, um, an MTA worker? I'd say it'd be far more racist to, you know, comment on her Aunt Jemima-esque screaming during the exorcist scene or her utterance of 'Issss a Caaaadillack!'
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
8:44AM on 03/13/2016
I know this movie is getting a lot of flack, but the cast and crew seems to be displaying quite a bit of insecurity. I feel like if they were confident with their product, they wouldn't need to be defending it so much.
I know this movie is getting a lot of flack, but the cast and crew seems to be displaying quite a bit of insecurity. I feel like if they were confident with their product, they wouldn't need to be defending it so much.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:20PM on 03/12/2016

LMAO, Leslie Jones thinks she is an actor???

She can't even get through a sketch on SNL without fucking up. Also when Paul says he got the funniest people he knows to work on this movie, it makes it obvious everyone hates him besides the SNL rejects and the fat girl who only gets jobs because of him. There are so many better, more funny actresses out there than these losers he got for this movie.
She can't even get through a sketch on SNL without fucking up. Also when Paul says he got the funniest people he knows to work on this movie, it makes it obvious everyone hates him besides the SNL rejects and the fat girl who only gets jobs because of him. There are so many better, more funny actresses out there than these losers he got for this movie.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:18AM on 03/12/2016
From the trailers I think the movie will be an okay action comedy, with its biggest problem being that it's a remake . Whether or not the main casts are all women or why the black person is the street smart everwoman type is irrelevant. Winston's role in the original was also stereotypical. The thing is people wanted a sequel, not a remake. Heck, Star Wars The Force Awakens made bank because even though it recycles too many stuff from the first movie it was still a Goddamn sequel.
From the trailers I think the movie will be an okay action comedy, with its biggest problem being that it's a remake . Whether or not the main casts are all women or why the black person is the street smart everwoman type is irrelevant. Winston's role in the original was also stereotypical. The thing is people wanted a sequel, not a remake. Heck, Star Wars The Force Awakens made bank because even though it recycles too many stuff from the first movie it was still a Goddamn sequel.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:09AM on 03/12/2016
I don't disagree with Jones Twitter comments. Her character can still be very bright by just being a transit employee. That was never my issue though. My issue was the slap McCarthy scene from the trailer and, again not being that familiar with SNL over the last 20 years, I read Jones's schtick is loud yelling similar to this scene. So, my issue isn't "Why can''t she be a Scientist" or "She's the token black chick", my issue is why a make loud the only thing she is known for? Take her out of
I don't disagree with Jones Twitter comments. Her character can still be very bright by just being a transit employee. That was never my issue though. My issue was the slap McCarthy scene from the trailer and, again not being that familiar with SNL over the last 20 years, I read Jones's schtick is loud yelling similar to this scene. So, my issue isn't "Why can''t she be a Scientist" or "She's the token black chick", my issue is why a make loud the only thing she is known for? Take her out of her comfortable zone to do something different than what she normally does. It's one thing to play on peoples strengths, it's another to make something special by doing something different.
I don't know much of McKinnon either but the only laugh I got from the trailer was when she did her dry comment about the hat and wig. It was subtle which imo made it funny.

Feig, who cares what he says
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
5:31AM on 03/12/2016
ROFL doesn't he realize how racist and stereotypical he sounds when he says that he changed the loud character to Jones because he knew she could play it. LOL
ROFL doesn't he realize how racist and stereotypical he sounds when he says that he changed the loud character to Jones because he knew she could play it. LOL
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:04AM on 03/12/2016

I

I thought Melissa McCarthy was going to be playing Slimer... someone needs to throw this remake in a ghost trap
I thought Melissa McCarthy was going to be playing Slimer... someone needs to throw this remake in a ghost trap
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:19PM on 03/11/2016

What had happened was......

He can stop with the "er, uhs", and excuses you know something, Hillary or Trump are more than likely to be your next president......
This unoriginal POS re-tread is going to make hundreds of millions.
Just not off me.
He can stop with the "er, uhs", and excuses you know something, Hillary or Trump are more than likely to be your next president......
This unoriginal POS re-tread is going to make hundreds of millions.
Just not off me.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:26PM on 03/11/2016

I knew it!

I remember when the synopsis first broke, when filming had either not started, or only just, that McCarthy was supposed to be the MTA worker. Frankly, I like seeing her in the "Ray" role. Nerdy and precocious.
I remember when the synopsis first broke, when filming had either not started, or only just, that McCarthy was supposed to be the MTA worker. Frankly, I like seeing her in the "Ray" role. Nerdy and precocious.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:42PM on 03/11/2016
I'd rather see McCarthy in a similar role like in her movie Spy or this new Ghostbusters rather being a loud character like she was in Heat.
I'd rather see McCarthy in a similar role like in her movie Spy or this new Ghostbusters rather being a loud character like she was in Heat.
8:58PM on 03/11/2016
Thank God for him not making Melissa McCarthy play another loud character!
Thank God for him not making Melissa McCarthy play another loud character!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
7:06PM on 03/11/2016

Huh?

He says, "when I make a movie, I want to find the funniest people I know and once I know whatís the funniest thing about them I want that to be the thing that I put on screen and let shine."

But also says, "Iíve seen Melissa play a brash, larger than life character. Sheís done it in my movies before!"

These seem contradictory, just like this gem, " I donít normally like comedy thatís big and loud"

Has he seen his movies?
He says, "when I make a movie, I want to find the funniest people I know and once I know whatís the funniest thing about them I want that to be the thing that I put on screen and let shine."

But also says, "Iíve seen Melissa play a brash, larger than life character. Sheís done it in my movies before!"

These seem contradictory, just like this gem, " I donít normally like comedy thatís big and loud"

Has he seen his movies?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
6:49PM on 03/11/2016
I don't know if I would've liked it better of if the dťjŗ vu would've been too strong but the only time McCarthy made me laugh was in Bridesmaids, when she was the loud one. I just don't like her as the "straight man".
I don't know if I would've liked it better of if the dťjŗ vu would've been too strong but the only time McCarthy made me laugh was in Bridesmaids, when she was the loud one. I just don't like her as the "straight man".
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+2
6:37PM on 03/11/2016
Oh god, I hadn't seen the international trailer yet until now.
*Sigh*
Oh god, I hadn't seen the international trailer yet until now.
*Sigh*
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
6:33PM on 03/11/2016
"once Leslie Jones was decided upon, she was given a role that plays to what she has already displayed as her strengths."

Yeah. Being loud and obnoxious.
"once Leslie Jones was decided upon, she was given a role that plays to what she has already displayed as her strengths."

Yeah. Being loud and obnoxious.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
6:28PM on 03/11/2016
"I donít normally like comedy thatís big and loud..."

Seriously? Paul Feig said that?
"I donít normally like comedy thatís big and loud..."

Seriously? Paul Feig said that?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
6:28PM on 03/11/2016
I hope Feig trips dick first into a bear trap.
I hope Feig trips dick first into a bear trap.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
6:24PM on 03/11/2016

Positivity Shmositivity

This is Feig crying, "Leslie's character can't be racist, because I wrote it originally for a white girl."

Yeah, yea.

In other news, Sony's marketing cheif has left the building. [link]

Go figure.
This is Feig crying, "Leslie's character can't be racist, because I wrote it originally for a white girl."

Yeah, yea.

In other news, Sony's marketing cheif has left the building. [link]

Go figure.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
View All Comments

Latest Entertainment News Headlines


Top
Loading...

Featured Youtube Videos

Views and Counting

Movie Hottie Of The Week

More