May 3, 2016


Melissa McCarthy Admits 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Trailer Was 'Confusing'

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We loved the Ghostbusters trailer when it dropped in March. You, the statistical odds suggest, didn't. Over the weekend, news arrived that it had received more YouTube dislike-button-clicks than any trailer to ever come before. 

Now it looks like the un-dislike-able Melissa McCarthy has been tasked with damage control. Visiting the radio show Johnjay and Rich (via The Hollywood Reporter), she cleared up a few things that may be exacerbating the fussiness:

"It's a reboot, it's not—I know it's weird that they said the '30 years ago,' because in this movie, like, the first one didn't happen. It's's that great story but told totally differently. But it's the same thing of, it's four unlikely heroes, it's in New York city, ghosts are taking over. It's that same classic story, but it's not a '30 years later.' The trailer said the '30 years later,' which I didn't quite get, myself. It's not dependent on the first one."

McCarthy was then asked if she thought the concept may have been murky to easily flustered trailer-viewers—who may, say, have thought the all-female Ghostbusters squad were the daughters of the original '80s heroes. "Believe me, the question was asked. I was like, 'I think that's very confusing.' But then everyone said, 'We don't care what you think,'" she finished, laughing.

The new Ghostbusters, directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Freaks and Geeks) and starring McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Saturday Night Live cast members Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Rewatch the trailer, which has nabbed 30.3 million views despite the haters, here: