Say what you will about the new Ghostbusters, but its leading cast is made up of four funny individuals who have the potential to make this reboot a hit. Comedy masterminds Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are expected to do the heavy lifting. Though Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, who co-star as part of the current Not Ready for Prime Time Players on Saturday Night Live, are just as capable of landing hard-hitting laughs as any of the original 1984 cast. Perhaps even more so. But that hasn't stopped the hate train from rolling through this complete restructuring of the beloved franchise. As expected, Leslie Jones has no time for haters.
A stand-up comedian who was originally hired as a writer before becoming a featured player on Saturday Night Live, Leslie Jones is raw, ribald and ready to throw down with any challengers. When facing down the original Ghostbusters, she could definitely win in a fist fight. So if you approach her with ill will towards her big summer tent pole, you better make sure you're ready to jump back, cause she will squash you like a bug. About all the anger and vitriol pointed towards her potential blockbuster, the outspoken Leslie Jones had this to say to all the people unhappy with her becoming a Ghostbuster.
"I DONT GIVE TWO SHITS WHAT A MUTHAFUCKA THINK, IM A GHOSTBUSTER BITCH!!"
Earlier this week, Sony Pictures released character posters for the four new haint hunters. Leslie Jones is playing Patty Tolan. Director Paul Feig described the character as a "ghost tracker, municipal historian and metaphysical commando." It isn't known when we'll get to see Patty Tolan come to life in the first trailer. But some suspect it will be here before Christmas. Leslie Jones isn't the first to lash out at all the haters. Late last month, Sony Pictures head Tom Rothman shared his disgust at some of the mean things that have been said on the Internet ever since this franchise remake was announced.
"Everybody says we're making the female Ghostbusters, but I say, 'No, we're making the funny Ghostbusters.' Yes, it happens to be four women. It's original. You get pissing and moaning on the Internet - sexist comments - but, you know, f- 'em."
Director Paul Feig has been equally displeased with some of the bad mouthing his latest project has received. He took to Twitter in September to blast some of the remake's loudest detractors. And he was not nice about it. He out right called some of the critics names. Here is some of what he had to say.
"God, you're tiresome. You all have no idea what we did, so stop acting like you do. Enough is enough. Just let this movie happen. You should embrace a new generation getting their own version. GB is a positive force. Your negativity isn't. I just suddenly hit the wall with the haters. You've been ranting at me and my cast for months with misogyny and insults. So go fuck yourself. Goodnight."
The supporting cast includes Chris Hemsworth as the Ghostbusters' secretary and Andy Garcia as the Mayor of New York City, alongside Michael K. Williams, Matt Walsh, Pat Kiernan and Neil Casey. Previously announced stars from the 1984 classic include Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver and Ernie Hudson. Though, this group of originals will not be reprising their iconic roles. This new Ghostbusters takes place in an alternate universe where the first team of ghost chasers simply didn't exist.
Paul Feig directs from a script that he co-wrote with Katie Dippold, with original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman producing alongside Dan Aykroyd. Sony has set a July 15, 2016 release date for Ghostbusters, putting it up against Lionsgate's musical La La Land and EuropaCorp's action-thriller The Lake. Hopefully the first trailer will arrive soon, and ilieviate some of the hate. Until then, enjoy these sweet words from Ms. Leslie Jones.