Paul Feig shares some Hollywood insight
Paul Feig is the director of the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, starring Bridesmaids‘s Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy alongside Saturday Night Live‘s Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
The trailer for the film was released on March 3. It has been viewed over 33 million times and has picked up over 861,000 down-votes from viewers, making it the most disliked trailer in YouTube history.
According to Digital Spy, Feig opened up about the reactions of men in the industry when he embarked on projects fronted by women. He was speaking at the Produced By Conference held on Saturday (June 4) in Los Angeles.
“I had some male producer say, ‘Oh boy, get ready. It’s going to be tough, you’re going to have catfights,'” Feig revealed. “And I said, ‘Who the f**k are you?’ It was the most wonderful experience I’ve had.”
He added: “Guys have an image of women and since guys make so many movies, their take on women goes into movies. That take on women is mainly mom, girlfriend… they get their revenge through movies, you see it in these characters.”
“It’s this self perpetuating thing because very few people have been creating roles for women on the screen,” he said.”[Ghostbusters is] my fourth film and we are struggling every day to go against that bias. We still get called in the press as a ‘chick flick’. We are always referred to as the all-female Ghostbusters. It’s just an uphill battle and I can’t believe we are having to deal with it.”