It takes all of 30 seconds for Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon to start cracking each other up — and anyone else lucky enough to be in the room with all that infectious energy.
The three Ghostbusters stars, minus Kristen Wiig who was unwell, recently shared some of their favourite stories about Bill Murray, their friendship and the realisation that Thor is a really funny guy.
What did you think of the cast?
McKinnon: [Director] Paul [Feig] picked people who would complement each other. Someone was the chicken, someone was the mashed parsnips, someone was the gravy and someone was the roll. I don’t know which one I was, but everyone served their function.
Kate and Leslie, this was your first big movie. What was that like?
McKinnon: I love Leslie, but Melissa and Kristen were two of my all-time comedy heroes. I was just like, “I’m just going to watch for a few days. See how it’s done.”
Melissa, did you feel like the expert?
McCarthy: Oh, for god sake’s, no. I just feel like someone has put roller skates on my feet and sent me out into an ice rink. I’m always like, “Oh god! I’ve got the wrong shoes on!” I’m just trying not to fall.
What was it like having Bill Murray there?
Jones: He brought beast mode.
McCarthy: It was a little surreal.
McKinnon: I didn’t speak. I was like, “I’m in a room with Bill Murray. What strange sequence of events has taken place that’s brought me in the same room as Bill Murray?”
Jones: My favorite scene was when [McCarthy’s character] was arguing with Bill, and I’m like, “That’s right! You tell him!” And then I realised, “Oh, you’re not watching a movie.”
McCarthy: I think you said, “That’s right, Melissa.” And I’m like, “We’re in character, babe.”
Was Chris Hemsworth, who plays Kevin, the Ghostbusters’ receptionist, able to hold his own?
McCarthy: He is a remarkable improviser.
McKinnon: His job interview scene has eight days of footage because he was saying the funniest things I’ve ever heard in rapid succession for hours. We met in the bathroom and were like “does he have writers?”
McCarthy: Truly! And it was like, OK that’s totally fine. What a prepared actor.
Jones: I was dying, I was laughing so hard.
What would you want Kristen to talk about if she was here?
Jones: All the activities.
McKinnon: There were many activities. She would often, an hour before we were about to finish, say, “Oh, I’m going to be late to my ukulele session”, or “I have to cancel my knitting class.”
McCarthy: Canoeing! She’s a real renaissance woman.
We checked in with Wiig later, by phone; her cast mates proved absolutely right, as if being a Ghostbuster weren’t hard enough!
Wiig: I did bring my ukulele. I was doing a lot of that. And I was taking tennis lessons and would kayak and paddleboard or go to the vineyard. It was Boston in the summer, it was beautiful!
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