“People are always going to react the way they react, and that’s the joy and terribleness of the Internet.” — Paul Feig to Famous Monsters magazine
The all-new GHOSTBUSTERS are powering up their proton packs for a big-screen summer release on July 15. While many franchise fans are excited for the female-driven reset of the beloved ’80s comedy starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, a very vocal faction of the Internet has expressed its distaste for the reboot concept and its first teaser trailer.
At Famous Monsters of Filmland, we always give any film the benefit of the doubt before watching it, and wanted to give accomplished GHOSTBUSTERS director Paul Feig (BRIDESMAIDS, THE HEAT, SPY) an opportunity to not only share his creative inspirations for approaching the new film — along with sharing his comedy-casting criteria — but to address those adamantly opposed to his film, despite not having even seen the finished product.
In the new issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland — on newsstands June 7 and available now for pre-order at CaptainCo.com— Feig shares his insights with Famous Monsters editor David Weiner. Here are excerpts:
ON THE POLARIZED REACTION TO THE FIRST GHOSTBUSTERS TRAILER:
“You get your first bite of the apple watching a trailer. Everyone has a million different ideas of what this movie is going to be. I think a lot of people thought we were going to take the original script and just flip it, so that Melissa’s going to be Venkman, and Kate’s going to be Ray Stantz! And you’re like, ‘Well, no, we would never do that.’ Nobody knows what you’re doing, so it could be anything. … For us, we just needed to plant a flag and go, ‘Here’s kind of how some of the stuff in the movie is!’ … My movies, for some reason, are really hard to do trailers for, because my comedy all comes from context, really. I’m not the guy who’s like joke-joke-joke, and here’s a one-liner one-liner one-liner. I do have those, but you have to get to know the characters, you have to settle in with them to get to know their personalities, saying, ‘Oh, that’s funny because that character doesn’t normally do this.’ … That said, I liked what the first trailer was, and we’re going to have the new trailer that we’re putting together now that I’m really excited about, too, which shows a little more of the scope. … But people are always going to react the way they’re going to react, and that’s the joy and the terribleness of the Internet.”
ON THE VERY VOCAL INTERNET HATERS:
The GHOSTBUSTERS 2016 trailer now has a huge amount of views between Facebook and YouTube, so when the haters log hundreds of thousands of gripes and complaints, Feig retorts, “Fellas, we have over 60 million hits. So let’s put it in context a little bit. … All I can ask is, people, either give us a chance, or you don’t have to see it.”
He continues of his film, “I’m really proud of it. … I think it’s fun. I’m so proud of my cast. I think the cast is so good, and they can stand in the footsteps of who came before, because they’re such funny people but they’re different. That’s all you really want out of a comedy at the end of the day, is something different and new, and to just see great people do it.”
ON HIS COMEDY-CASTING CRITERIA:
Feig tells FM he had no actors in mind as he and his coscreenwriter, Katie Dippold, wrote the screenplay, but when he thought about the funniest people he knew, they just happened to be women. He says, “My only criteria is … Who’s hilarious? Who just makes me laugh so hard that I cry? And then: Who’s a really good actor? … To me, it was this cast. Because everybody’s got a completely different comedic sensibility, and yet they all have the same sensibility, which is something that’s funny that still feels real.”
In the full interview with FM, Feig also talks about incorporating high-profile cameos in the film; improv elements on the set; how he carefully decided to approach the special effects from a practical standpoint; and much more.
New interviews/exclusives in Famous Monsters issue #286 also include:
THE CONJURING 2: We were on the set of the scariest movie of the summer to get the story behind the story from stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Shannon Kook, and the producers.
STAR TREK BEYOND and TREK 50TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE: STAR TREK BEYOND star John Cho previews the third installment of the big-screen franchise as we salute the iconic show that started it all, including interviews with Nichelle Nichols and Rod Roddenberry.
VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER: The ’80s anime classic has been revamped for instant-gratification bingeing on Netflix, and the super-fan producers share their excitement.
ALIENS: Director James Cameron reflects on the making of his 1986 Sci-Fi master-sequel in this exclusive, in-depth interview with Famous Monsters.
THE OMEN: Legendary director Richard Donner looks back at his 1976 film and weighs in on the reported “OMEN Curse” exclusively for FM.
LOGAN’S RUN: Michael York and Jenny Agutter deliver a special tribute to their ’76 Sci-Fi classic in a unique exclusive.
DRAGONSLAYER: Director/cowriter Matthew Robbins and SFX master Phil Tippett detail how they created the most convincing dragon ever put on screen in 1981.
MAN FROM ATLANTIS: Patrick Duffy revisits his classic ’70s TV show with a brand-new novel.
And much, much more!
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