Melissa McCarthy was featured in a lengthy profile in the Guardian this weekend, where she took a moment to address the trolls who managed to make the first trailer for the new Ghostbusters reboot the most downvoted movie trailer on YouTube.
“All those comments – ‘You’re ruining my childhood!’ I mean, really,” McCarthy says drily. “Four women doing any movie on earth will destroy your childhood?” She shrugs. “I have a visual of those people not having a Ben, not having friends, so they’re just sitting there and spewing hate into this fake world of the internet. I just hope they find a friend.”
McCarthy’s “Ben” is her husband Ben Falcone, and yes, it’s a safe assumption that the movie’s most aggressive detractors—animate glops of mayonnaise with juuust enough mass to press the “dislike” button—are unmarried. But so too are lots of other people who have managed to keep their sexist pablum in check, so perhaps that’s unrelated?
She also addresses the issue of Leslie Jones—the film’s only black Ghostbuster—playing an MTA worker amid three brainy white scientists.
She looks surprised: “I think originally Paul had written me as that part and then he switched, so she could have been white, Hispanic... It was truly just a coincidence.”
I must look sceptical because she adds: “Honestly, Paul was not sitting there like, ‘Aha!’” She rubs her hands together and makes an evil cackle. “Anyway,” she adds emphatically, “we’re not doing those original characters.”
Ghostbusters will be released on July 15. Let’s see how much more of a stir this thing can generate before then, shall we?