Melissa McCarthy says she was not expecting backlash to the all-female Ghostbusters movie


Melissa McCarthy has admitted she was not expecting the reaction to an all-female Ghostbusters movie.

The actress is starring in the upcoming reboot alongside Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig - but there was a fierce backlash online when the movie was announced, and when the trailer was released.

The all-female cast of the Ghostbusters reboot

Melissa told Entertainment Weekly: "I just thought, 'Really? Are we still there?'

"It's a movie. I never gave it another thought. You just have to go, 'Well, I hope you get out a little more. The world is fun.'"

Kristen, who plays a professor in the film, said they were not trying to replace the 1984 original in any way.

Bill Murray, left, with Dan Aykroyd, centre, and Harold Ramis in the original Ghostbusters

"You can't get better than the original," she said.

"But it's a different movie, it's a different cast, it's many years later, and we've also done things that are different. It's not just about it starring women."

Leslie added: "When people started asking me about the gender stuff, I would say, 'It's not a man thing, it's not a woman thing. It's a Ghostbuster thing.'"

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