A cool metal roof can reduce energy costs associated with cooling a home by up to 20%, but nothing is cooler than the shade that the Ghostbusters cast threw on the criticism the film has received before its release.
Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones star in the rebooted version of the classic 1980s film, replacing the original cast of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson.
The announcement of the new female cast was met by criticism online from some Ghostbusters fans, while the film’s trailer has attracted more than 900,000 “dislikes” on YouTube — a record number for a movie trailer on the website.
At the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, McCarthy said she found the negative reaction “peculiar,” while her fellow Bridesmaids actress Wiig said that the film had been made “in the spirit of the first two.”
“Any time someone critiques something that has not yet been made, I find peculiar. It’s like giving a book review to an author who’s like ‘I haven’t written it yet.’ I don’t pay much attention to it. It’s not based in the world.”
“It’s really sad that people felt that way, in combination with actually not listening to it,” Wiig added.
“We knew we were making the movie in the spirit of the first two, with the people who made the first two.”
When asked whether she was surprised at criticism aimed at the film before its release, Jones replied, “Yeah because it’s stupid.”
Director Paul Feig and writer Katie Dippold’s take on Ghostbusters isn’t a sequel to the original 1984 Ghostbusters or its 1989 follow-up. Instead, it’s an entirely separate reboot, focused on a new group of paranormal researchers-turned-hunters who come to the rescue when ghosts threaten to take over 2016 New York City.
Several members of the 1984 Ghostbusters cast, including Aykroyd, Murray, and Hudson along with Annie Potts, and Sigourney Weaver, will make cameo appearances. However, since the new film doesn’t take place in the same universe as the original film, they won’t be reprising their original roles.
As with anything that lives and dies online, all of the backlash against the reboot was largely the work of a very vocal minority, and one that frequently engages in personal attacks, trolling, sexism, and hate speech at that.
Feig said he understood fans were “nervous” about the film, and he decided to cast the four women in the lead roles because of their comedic ability.
“I just wanted to make the funniest movie I could and I work with the funniest women on the planet,” he said. “When they came to me… I thought I’m going to call the funniest people I know and it’s these four ladies.”