Leslie Jones' MTA Worker Character in 'Ghostbusters' Was Not Originally Hers


Leslie Jones' MTA Worker Character in 'Ghostbusters' Was Not Originally Hers


It was meant and written for Melissa McCarthy who had a knack in playing 'a brash, larger than life character', director Paul Feig said.
"Ghostbusters (2016)" faced criticisms right after the first trailer was released but a new truth may stop haters from thinking it is a stereotype film. Director Paul Feig, who co-wrote the script, revealed that Leslie Jones' character was not hers at the first place.

Jones plays an MTA worker named Patty who is the only African-American and non-scientist in the movie. Critics recalled the classic "Ghostbusters" films in which Ernie Hudson was put in the same position as Jones. The actor himself said, "Instead of coming in at the very beginning of the movie, like page eight, the character came in on page 68 after the Ghostbusters were established. His elaborate background was all gone, replaced by me walking in and saying, 'If there's a steady paycheck in it, I'll believe anything you say.' "

Feig had a different plan for the all-female reboot in the beginning. "When Katie [Dippold, co-writer] and I wrote the script, we had written the role with Melissa in mind," Feig said in an interview with Empire. "But then I thought, I've seen Melissa [McCarthy] play a brash, larger than life character." He added of Jones, "She's one of my favorite people on the planet. I don't normally like comedy that's big and loud, but she is able to pull that off in a way that feels real and it's her."

He believed that Patty put Jones in the spotlight. "I wanted to unleash Leslie on the public in the same way we unleashed Melissa on the public in 'Bridesmaids', with a very showy role," he said. Feig also directed McCarthy in "The Heat" and "Spy".

Jones herself has defended her character, tweeting last week, "Why can't a regular person be a Ghostbuster. I'm confused. And why can't I be the one who plays them I am a performer. Just go see the movie!" The pic will raid theaters across the nation on July 15.


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