Emma Stone explains turning down Ghostbusters

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 June 2015
Emma Stone

Emma Stone

Emma Stone found the 'Ghostbusters' script "really funny" but turned the movie down because it was too big a commitment

Emma Stone turned down 'Ghostbusters' because it was too "big" a commitment.

The 26-year-old actress was approached to take on a role in the all-female reboot of the movie series, and though she really liked the script, she felt the timing wasn't quite right.

She said: "The script was really funny. It just didn't feel like the right time for me. A franchise is a big commitment--it's a whole thing. I think maybe I need a minute before I dive back into that water."

Emma can next be seen starring alongside Joaquin Phoenix in 'Irrational Man', her second movie with director Woody Allen and though he is a huge fan of her acting talents, the actress finds working with the filmmaker "terrifying".

She told the Wall Street Journal: "It's terrifying. He doesn't do table reads or any rehearsal. You can't even ask questions about your character, because he'll be like, 'You know this is a movie, right?' "

The 'Birdman' star feels very lucky to have reached a position in her career where she can choose the projects she is interested in.

She said: "There's this insane thing that happens where you get to a point where you start not just doing things because you're lucky to have gotten the job, but you actually start making choices."


  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 56min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Paul Feig
  • Cast: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon
  • UK release: 11 July 2016

Physicist Erin (Wiig) finds herself teaming up with estranged high school pal Abby (McCarthy) and her eccentric engineer Jillian (McKinnon) in search of ghosts. Marred only by excessive reverence for the original, it's a spirited, funny and touching reboot which sticks two fingers up at sexist trolls.