Ghostbusters star Melissa McCarthy tells Channel NewsAsia's Genevieve Loh how to counter sexism and who she would really love to "slime" in the real world.
SINGAPORE: Melissa McCarthy sure ain’t afraid of no ghosts. She ain’t afraid of no sexist online detractors either. And you can bet your proton pack on that.
The star of the all-new all-female Ghostbusters reboot told Channel NewsAsia she thinks it’s a “mystery” that even in 2016, women are still dealing with sexism.
And yet, the very idea of a top-notch female cast taking on the mantle of a male film series has sparked vitriolic reaction in some circles. Yes, the original 1984 Ghostbusterswas undeniably a touchstone of that era, a universally adored, endlessly rewatchable sci-fi comedy. But surely director Paul Feig’s casting of the Oscar-nominated McCarthy along with Saturday Night Live alums Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones did not warrant such a public sexist outcry like the negative buzz to the reboot.
But the Oscar-nominated comedienne is taking it all in her perky stride.
“I think we pay too much attention to a very, very tiny group of people who are so loud,” McCarthy said. “It’s not the majority … I mean, I know too many wonderful (men). I do think it’s such a slam to men to say that they’re all crazy and misogynistic. It’s just a tiny, crazy sector that is very loud.”
Her Ghostbusters director Paul Feig also believes that in any group there are always a few bad apples.
“Because the Internet really amplifies that voice. And then the media takes it and gives them a lot of power,” said the filmmaker, who is best known for hit films like Bridesmaids, The Heat and Spy, all starring McCarthy. “And that really is the case. The vast majority of people are fantastic. I’ve never met a Ghostbusters fan who wasn’t a fantastic, wonderful, warm person.”
Agreed McCarthy, who wants to people to know that this is a “warm, friendly movie".
“People love it! And I’ve met so many people that are so excited about it,” she said. “That’s the only people I’ve met.”
“And those are the only people we care about,” quipped Feig, with a laugh. “They are the only ones who leave their house too!”
Who, then, is one person both Feig and McCarthy don’t care very much about? Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (although they never properly say his name on the record).
When asked who would be their target if they could pull a popular Ghostbuster move and “psychomagnotheric slime” on anyone in the real world, both filmmaker and actress laughed and knowingly winked at this reporter.
“I know exactly who I’m going to slime but I’m not going to say it,” said McCarthy. “We would slime the same person,” interjected Feig.
So could they please complete this sentence: All the ghosts in the world don’t scare me as much as ...
“… the same person I want to slime!” McCarthy said. “The same person that may be, as horrifying as it is to say, running for some type of office.”
Ghostbusters opens across Asia this week.