Ever since Sony’s all-female ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot was announced, there’s been a hardcore online contingent, unhappy with the franchise’ new direction, ready to shoot the movie down in whatever forum they can find.
No-one was more aware of this when shooting than the film’s writer-director Paul Feig and its cast.
Rather than shying away from the backlash, ‘Ghostbusters’ tackles it head-on in an early scene that sees the 'Busters reading out mean comments from a video they’ve uploaded to YouTube.
It’s a funny dig at the the haters, and Yahoo Movies has since discovered it was added to the script as a direct response to the backlash while they were still filming.
“It was added [to the script],” explains Melissa McCarthy who plays paranormal investigator Abby Yates in the film.
“I feel like the part was in [the script] already,” says Kristen Wiig, “But we changed what was said.”
“We did something on the day that slightly tweaked it,” McCarthy added.
They both agreed that it was important to address the negative feedback early on, saying that scripts are always quite fluid on a Paul Feig film, having worked with him previously on ‘Bridesmaids’ together.
“[The script] is very loose,” says McCartthy, “I think it’s how most of us work. You have a great script that [Paul] and Katie Dippold wrote, and then what’s so great about Paul is that on the day, we get what’s written and he says, ‘now have a little bit of fun with it’. It doesn’t mean you go wildly off topic or try to switch stories, but you can change it up just enough to really surprise who you’re talking to.”
‘Ghostbusters’ is in cinemas from Monday, 11 July. Watch the ‘Ghostbusters’ cast tackling some of the internet’s most bizarre questions about ghosts in our video below.
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