“Ghostbusters” remake director Paul Feig says actress Leslie Jones’ role in the movie was originally written for Melissa McCarthy. Also Read - .LosAngeles LST9 CINEMA-RELEASES New 'Ghostbusters' installment to release on July 10, 2020 Also Read - .LosAngeles LST23 JONES-GHOSTBUSTERS Leslie Jones lashes out against new 'Ghostbusters' movie
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.[ALSO READ: Ernie Hudson joins Ghostbusters reboot cast]
“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.” Also Read - Will hand the movie back to the fans: Jason Reitman on his 'Ghostbuster' film