Melissa McCarthy puzzled by Ghostbusters anger

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 May 2016
Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy can't understand why people are upset by the all-female 'Ghostbusters' reboot

Melissa McCarthy is puzzled by people who claim the 'Ghostbusters' reboot is ruining their childhood.

The 45-year-old actress stars in the all-female adaptation of the beloved franchise, alongside Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, and can't understand the negative reaction to the idea.

She told The Guardian: "All those comments - 'You're ruining my childhood!' I mean, really. Four women doing any movie on earth will destroy your childhood? I have a visual of those people not having friends, so they're just sitting there and spewing hate into this fake world of the internet. I just hope they find a friend."

Melissa also revealed that she loves playing characters who are completely different to her because she thinks she is "so boring".

She said: "For me, it's the joy of acting. If someone said, 'The part is very similar to you and you'll look like yourself and basically behave like you', I think I would short-circuit. I mean, oh God, I'm so boring! Let me play someone else with their tics and quirks, that's part of the joy.

"People say to me, 'These characters you play are crazy', and I'm like, 'Are they?' Because I've seen three people in Rite Aid drug store act like that. I think when a female character acts more defiant, it's seen as a little more crazy. There are women in the world like this, we're just not used to seeing them portrayed. We generally just see The Pleasant Lady who stands behind her husband going 'Oh, Jack.' But I really love a female character who is not playing by the rules."


  • 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.