Before meeting Feig, Jones had appeared in about a dozen movies, often as an unnamed character (Night Nurse; Boss Lady). Many went straight to video. Her first starring role will be in “Ghostbusters 2016,” whose budget is rumored to exceed a hundred and fifty million dollars.
I hadn’t seen Jones in several weeks, and when I found her in her trailer she greeted me with “You can tell I lost weight, right?” She cheerfully humble-bragged about stunts she had been asked to do: “These motherfuckers don’t understand I’m a comedian. They’ve got me doing all this Van Damme shit.” The previous day, she told me, she had used one of her “Ghostbusters” checks to pay off the last of her credit-card loans. For the first time in her adult life, she was debt-free.
Who you gonna call?
KD: Melissa’s character has been at it her whole life. She’s never stopped, she’s never wavered. She doesn’t care. In today’s world, scientists don’t believe in ghosts. There are no parapsychology departments anymore in colleges, so we just thought that was interesting. What would that mean today, to form a Ghostbusters unit?
So to others, [Melissa's character] looks like the crazy lady, but she’s just been dead set at pursuing this. And she’s working with Kate McKinnon’s character, Holtzmann, who works with her in a lab. She’s a mysterious lady that knows a lot of stuff. She builds the equipment and she doesn’t care about social norms. If she sees everyone freaking out about something, she would just kind of smile: "Oh, isn’t that fun?"
And then Leslie Jones plays Patty, who works at the MTA. She sees a ghost, and so she joins them. Patty knows a lot about the city. She reads a lot of non-fiction books while she’s sitting alone in that booth all day, and so she brings a lot of that knowledge.
...When her makeup and hair were in place, Jones walked through the warehouse to a replica of a New York subway station, with working turnstiles and dirt-streaked tile walls. She entered a fake ticket booth and inspected the props on the desk, which included a paperback about the Constitutional Convention. The cover depicted several Founding Fathers in tricornes. “Paul, does this look like some shit I would read?” she said. “Do you see any black people on this cover, Paul?”
Feig chuckled, sat behind a monitor, and called, “Action!” ...
Regular People save the world everyday so if I'm the sterotype!! Then so be it!! We walk among Heroes and take them for granted.
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