There certainly has been a real mixed reaction to the Ghostbusters reboot trailer that dropped last week.
One of the main points of contention with many viewers was Leslie Jones, the only woman of color in the flick, being an MTA worker while the other three leads, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon, are all scientists.
Director Paul Feig revealed in an interview with Empire that the role of Patty Tolan, played by Jones, was originally written for someone else entirely!
“Actually, when Katie [Dippold, Feig’s co-writer] 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!”
That’s right! The MTA worker was originally meant to be Melissa McCarthy!
But Feig decided he thought it was a part Leslie could make her own. The director continued:
“She’s one of my favorite people on the planet. I don’t normally like comedy that’s big and loud, but she 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.”
Though Leslie hasn’t tweeted since threatening to quit Twitter on Tuesday as a result of all the backlash, hopefully this will help silence the haters!
What are your thoughts on the role switch?!
[Image via Sony Pictures.]