If you’ve been following Mommynoire on social media, you’ve surely seen all the fun we had last week on our trip to Los Angeles for all things “Ghostbusters.” The highlight of the trip was definitely the final day when we attended a press conference at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Our chat was with the movie’s leading ladies Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon (unfortunately. Kristen Wiig was out sick). We also were able to talk with director Paul Feig, producer Ivan Reitman, and writer Kate Dippold.
The group kept each other and the bloggers cracking up the entire time! Their chemistry and love for each other was so obvious, it was great to just be in the room. All of this energy translates perfectly into the film, and it’s easy to see why this is going to be the movie of the summer.
The first question was: “How much fun was the film to make?” And Melissa McCarthy summed it up pretty well.
“If that’s like a day at the office, I was like ‘Oh my G0d, this is a pretty good deal!’.”
Kate chimed in too saying working together was like a “carnival ride or a ho-down,” and Leslie kept it going with the one-liners joking about the film being like summer camp: “there were crafts, activities…there were camp counselors.”
Then came the question for Mr. Reitman which he probably gets all the time: ”Why now is this the right time for a new ‘Ghostbusters’?”
“Particularly as told by these four extraordinary women, if you ask me, was it fun on the set? It was remarkable to be there…It’s something we all wanted to continue but never managed to talk each other into for about 20 years. Suddenly to see it happen again under the Paul feig’s direction was just a great thrill.”
Katie talked about what it was like to write with Paul Feig and said, “When Paul first asked me to write it with him, my brain exploded because I loved the original so much. The second Paul cast these women it was a huge sigh of relief because I think they’re amazing and make everything funnier so that made everything so much easier”
Paul also spoke about working with the ladies in the cast saying, “I just try to stay out of their way. We put the script together, which is like a road map and we know what we need out of each scene but then how we get there, that’s the fun we have of letting these four ladies just go for it!”
Leslie and Kate were asked if there was some sort of initiation or hazing (gasp!) to the group because Paul Feig, Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig had worked together before.
Leslie Jones replied: “What’s your name again? I want you to look at me and tell me, would somebody haze me?” The room burst out in tearful laughter because Leslie Jones is six-feet tall. “Even though I think Melissa wanted to add weights to our (proton) pack’s the whole shoot.”
“But I didn’t,” said Melissa to continued laughter. “She really really would complain about how heavy they were each day and when she gets mad, she gets funny.”
One of the bloggers asked if any of the scenes were pure improv and there were a few that were improved with Chris Hemsworth. Paul Feig added: “You have to stay till the end credits there are so many funny happenings during and after the credits!”
My favorite moment, being a mom of a daughter, was directed towards Melissa since she has two daughters: “Since you’re a mom of two girls and you’re leading these three powerful, smart women, as part of the new ‘Ghostbusters’ what does it mean to you and the other women to be role models for girls?”
“It means the world to me,” said Melissa. “I think they can see themselves and they don’t even have the realization of why couldn’t or wouldn’t it be me? Why couldn’t I be the hero? I think it does incredibly important things not only for little girls but little boys who can see these women as heroes, it’s a testament to how Paul sees the world. He doesn’t see it as a girls movie or that it’s for women…he and Katie wrote these four incredible characters and them being women is of no consequence to the movie and that’s the biggest statement we can make.”
Leslie added: “When I was growing up watching Whoopi Goldberg on TV I remember crying and telling my dad that I couldn’t believe that there was someone on TV who looked like me. I can now do this. For a little Black girl to look at me doing this…well yeah, I am pretty much very proud of that!”
When producer Ivan Reitman was asked, “When will we see the next Ghostbusters?” He responded with, “Soon” but also added, “Last time I said that, it took 20 years!”
Let’s hope it won’t take another 20 years! Go see “Ghostbusters” in theaters July 15!
You can also have fun with the kids and make your very own Ghostbusters BitMoji!. Look how cute mine turned out! You can download the app in the iTunes store for free.