1. Leslie Jones’ ‘Ghostbusters’ role was written for McCarthy

Leslie Jones’ ‘Ghostbusters’ role was written for McCarthy

"Ghostbusters" remake director Paul Feig says actress Leslie Jones' role in the movie was originally written for Melissa McCarthy.

By: | Published: March 13, 2016 9:48 AM

“Ghostbusters” remake director Paul Feig says actress Leslie Jones’ role in the movie was originally written for Melissa McCarthy.

The film features Jones, the only African-American female lead, as a subway worker while the other three Caucasian leads play scientists, reported Variety.

“When Katie (Dippold, co-writer) and I wrote the script, we had written the role with Melissa in mind. But then I thought, I’ve seen Melissa play a brash, larger than life character,” Feig said.

“She’s one of my favorite people on the planet. I don’t normally like comedy that’s big and loud, but she is able to pull that off in a way that feels real and it’s her,” he said about Jones.

The filmmaker said he thought the role of Patty would allow Jones to give a great comedy performance.

“I wanted to unleash Leslie on the public in the same way we unleashed Melissa on the public in ‘Bridesmaids,’ with a very showy role.”

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