Judd Apatow Thinks Ghostbusters Haters Support Donald Trump
“The movie comes out, and it will be great, and people will just be happy to have it,” Apatow tells Uproxx. “It’s not like anybody really cares about a couple of idiots who hold onto the idea that things never evolve. I always think, you know, we have our past and if you can come up with a new, cool way to do something, then that’s exciting and hopefully it will make a lot of people happy.”
Opening July 15, “Ghostbusters,” starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig — with cameos from original stars Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray — has already encountered withering criticism on the Internet focusing on everything from the all-female lineup to what some have called the racist casting of African-American actress Leslie Jones as the only non-scientist. The first trailer received the most dislikes for a video in YouTube history.
Judd Apatow Says Ghostbusters Will Be Judged on Its Own Merits
But Apatow, who co-created “Freaks and Geeks” with “Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig, says the movie “will be judged on its own greatness” and not by the online chatter.
“That movie is made by the great Paul Feig and stars the funniest people on Earth, so I couldn’t be more excited,” he says, raising questions about those who are speaking out against a movie they’ve never seen.
“I would assume there’s a very large crossover of people who are doubtful ‘Ghostbusters’ will be great and people excited about the Donald Trump candidacy,” he tells Uproxx. “I would assume they are the exact same people. I think people have paid too much attention to just some angry trolls.”
One of the few people to see a working print of the movie was Aykroyd, who praises the film.
“As originator of the original: Saw test screening of new movie. Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films plus Bill Murray is in it!” he writes on Facebook. “I’m paying to see that and bringing all my friends!”