Melissa McCarthy leads the new Ghostbusters cast as the stars of the new film deliver a comical performance honoring the original Ray Parker Jr. theme song for Elle magazine. The ladies showed their feminine sides as they shed the newly redesigned Ghostbusters jumpsuits and posed in more glamorous outfits, while also sharing thoughts on their own individual paths to success that would ultimately lead each of them on the path toward a Ghostbusters reboot. Proving they can be funny but also embody classic Hollywood beauty, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, and Kate McKinnon are here to save us from ghosts, ghouls, and misogynists.
The Women Of Ghostbusters Ask "Who You Gonna Call?"
Elle magazine is coming out with a new first. This time around, it's their first Women in Comedy issue, and there could be no better choice than the women of the Ghostbusters reboot. The issue doesn't just offer the Ghostbusters stars a chance to step out of their jumpsuits and glam it up for the issue's photo spread. Adding to that honor, Elle also features a video of the women paying a comical homage to Ray Parker Jr.'s original "Ghostbusters" theme song.
Blending four different comic stylings for their interpretation of the Ghostbusters theme, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, and Kate McKinnon act out the lyrics with Irish accents, seemingly fumbling the lyrics, and even delivering a parody of that famous scene from The Blair Witch Project. The video, much like the Ghostbusters reboot, reminds us all to lighten up and not to take life too seriously.During the Elle interview, Kate McKinnon shared that she came to comedy through imitating others. Kate says that she has always used her mimicking of others as a way of communicating and that, ultimately, that's who she is at heart: a conglomeration of the personalities she adopts as her own. While McKinnon may have come to the comedy genre quite by accident and maybe through her own insecurities, her Ghostbusters co-star, Leslie Jones, is just the opposite. Jones says she always knew she was destined for greatness and makes no excuses for the fact that even she thinks she's funny. "I just knew that I was funny, and I knew that it was just a matter of time," says Ms. Jones. "I didn't know what was going to actually happen—this is definitely way bigger than I thought—but I knew there was no way I was going to be that funny and nobody was going to notice it." Kristen Wiig comes to Ghostbusters from Saturday Night Live and, reflecting on her first experience with the weekly variety show, Wiig says she was so nervous that she felt physically ill. Kristen describes the sketch as the story of a woman who has become pregnant in her butt, played by Amy Poehler, and her friends throw her a baby shower.
"I was scared that I was going to freeze or swear or pass out."Ghostbusters Star Melissa McCarthy On Investing In Her Character All actors try to get into their characters as much as possible, with some failing miserably and others becoming one with the role in a way that it becomes a challenge to distinguish between the role and the performer. For Ghostbusters' own Melissa McCarthy, she melds with her characters on a psychological level and really comes to feel for those people she plays on film.
"I get so psychotically attached to all of my characters, and I fight for them in probably the most annoying way," confesses McCarthy.
This isn't something McCarthy keeps to herself, either. As has been the case with some of the characters she plays on screen, the Ghostbusters actress is very outspoken, and she reveals she's not above taking her concerns to others. For Ghostbusters, that meant irritating the film's director.
"I hear myself saying to Ben [Falcone, her husband] or Paul [Feig, Ghostbusters' director], 'She wouldn't phrase it that way.' I know it's such an actory thing, but I feel it to my core: I have to represent the woman I'm getting to be," says Ms. McCarthy. "Even if she's fictitious, she's always real to me: three-dimensional, flawed, loving, screwed-up, as real women are."
Ghostbusters will begin haunting theaters on July 14.
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