How Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon Tore Flesh (for Real) on Ghostbusters Set

Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones of Ghostbusters
Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones of Ghostbusters sit down with Made in Hollywood

Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon Talk Slime, Injuries and Friendship in Ghostbusters

It’s a right of passage for anybody appearing in “Ghostbusters.” You’re going to get covered in green gooey slime.

Made in Hollywood reporter Julie Harkness Arnold asked stars Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon what it felt — and smelled — like to get slimed.

“It did smell like Silly Putty,” says Jones. “It was gross.”

“There was a sort of chemical, latex, soapy quality and smell to it,” says McKinnon.

“You can’t just wash it off,” adds Jones. “You have to dry it off and then let it dry and wipe it again.”

McKinnon concludes: “It was not of the Earth.”

Put two comic actresses from “Saturday Night Live” in a room and this is how it goes: back and forth, one riffing on the other, each trying to score laughs in a collegiate/competitive way.

How Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon Lost Flesh on Ghostbusters Set

Take the next subject. Arnold asked if there was anything dangerous on set about busting ghosts in this all-woman reboot also starring Melissa McCarthyKristen Wiig and Chris Hemsworth.

“The pack,” says Jones, about the power pack the ghostbusters wear. “We hurt each other a lot.”

“They’re rectangular, not circular,” says McKinnon. “A rectangle has corners. And when the corners are made of metal and you run by a colleague, the flesh is torn by the metal corners.”

Jones says: “That first week we were really hurting each other.”

“Good thing there weren’t sharks in the studio,” adds McKinnon, scrunching her face at the logic of her own joke and then explaining, “Because of the blood?”

What Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon Loved the Most about Ghostbusters

As for what the women enjoyed most about the movie, Jones says, “I loved the stunts. I loved the fighting and stuff. I loved training with the stunt guys. That was fun.”

McKinnon then stage-whispers into her ear: “I thought you hated the stunts.”

For her part, McKinnon says, “I loved finding ways to put a real live friendships on screen.”

“Yeah,” says Jones, “because a lot of times we would crack  jokes off-screen and then we would go: We got to fit that into the movie.”

“We all come from sketch or standup comedy,” explains McKinnon, getting as serious as she ever would, “so there was just a lot of writing going on, thinking: What could we do with this? And what could we add here? It just felt like composing music together.”

With that the women dramatically lean into each other, clasp hands and kiss their intertwined fingers.

“Having a moment!” says Arnold.