Few films arrive in theaters with the kind of backlash that “Ghostbusters” will when it finally opens in theaters next Friday, July 15. Internet outrage over the reboot has been at a fever pitch ever since the female-fronted project was greenlit back in August 2014, and every part of Sony’s release strategy (from trailers to soundtrack updates and even press screenings) has only seemed to encourage more mean-spirited attacks from fanboys and internet users unhappy with the new film’s direction.
Luckily for everyone else, the cast and crew of “Ghostbusters” have been making lemons out of lemonade in the best way possible, be it mocking internet trolls during late night show appearances or powerfully standing up for the film in editorial interviews. But now it seems that team “Ghostbusters” has done the best thing imaginable, as Yahoo Movies UK confirms that a scene was actually added to the film so that it could address the backlash head on. In an early scene in the movie, the Ghostbusters upload a video to YouTube and read some of the nasty comments aloud. Sound familiar?
“It was added [to the script],” Melissa McCarthy tells Yahoo Movies UK. “We did something on the day that slightly tweaked it.”
Director Paul Feig and screenwriter Katie Dippold wrote in the scene, but like much of the movie, the filmmaker allowed his cast to improvise some of the comments so that each actress could surprise the next. The scene is a pretty bold way of addressing the months of controversy surrounding the film, and it admiringly proves that the cast and crew don’t really care what anyone thinks about a female-led “Ghostbusters.”
“Ghostbusters” opens in theaters on July 15.