Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host had all four of the new Ghostbusters — Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Melissa McCarthy — on his show, as well as the remaining (Harold Ramis died in 2014) former Ghostbusters — Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd and Annie Potts, whose secretary character will now be played by Chris Hemsworth in Paul Feig’s remake.
Kimmel managed to pack a lot into their appearance on the show, first running through a list of “who’s most likely to questions” — for which the answer was consistently Leslie Jones — before then bringing out the first generation of Busters, having them all excitedly hug each other, and then facilitating a somewhat overlong dance to the Ghostbusters song. Kimmel addressed the sexist responses the film’s received — particularly on YouTube and social media — and Melissa McCarthy’s response was pretty perfect:
What they don’t say when they’re typing if that one minute after they’re finished typing their mom’s like, ‘get upstairs and take out the garbage! You’re 45 years old!’
They also eventually all sat down in two rows, and Kimmel asked the new cast when they first saw the old Ghostbusters, to which McKinnon replied, “I was in utero, and yet, I laughed.” He then asked the first generation what they thought when they heard the idea for the new film; Murray particularly had had trepidations about continuing the Ghostbusters films, until this one — in which he has a cameo — came along. He said:
It was only because I knew that these girls were funny…When you see the film, you’ll delight in the film. It sort of rumbles along in the beginning, and you’re going, ‘Oh God, are they gonna pull this thing off?’ Believe me — I feel like a stepfather… This is a tough movie to pull off because it’s a big concept, there’s a lot on the plate, there’s a lot of expectation. But Danny and I and Annie and Ernie were screaming and cheering like we were at a sporting event.
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