I wanted to like it so badly, but I knew what to expect.
It appears that Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones is the only character in the all-woman reboot of Ghostbusters that isn’t a scientist. Jones’s wise-cracking, ghost-slapping character, Patty, is instead an MTA employee who joins that team because she “knows New York City” and she has a car — a hearse to be exact.
Earlier reports about the movie seemed to indicate that Patty would be a scientist as well. But it appears that the character underwent the same switch that plagued Winston Zeddemoore played by Ernie Hudson in the original production, 30 years ago.
Hudson spoke out about the role back in 2014,
When I originally got the script, the character of Winston was amazing and I thought it would be career-changing. The character came in right at the very beginning of the movie and had an elaborate background: he was an Air Force major something, a demolitions guy. It was great.
Now I’ve heard, over the years, that the part had been written for Eddie Murphy—all of which Ivan Reitman says is not true. But it was a bigger part, and Winston was there all the way through the movie …
The night before filming begins, however, I get this new script and it was shocking.
The character was gone. Instead of coming in at the very beginning of the movie, like page 8, the character came in on page 68 after the Ghostbusters were established. His elaborate background was all gone, replaced by me walking in and saying, “If there’s a steady paycheck in it, I’ll believe anything you say.” So that was pretty devastating …
30 years later, I look back at the movie and it works very well the way it is. I think the character works with what he has to work with. But I’ve always felt like, “Man, if I could’ve played that original character…”
While Leslie Jones’s comedic chops can’t be denied, and odds are that this role was tailored to her, I can’t help but be disappointed. One day after seeing Zoe Saldana paint her face and don prosthetics to play a legend, we get this. The movie that’s being hailed as a win for women, is definitely not a win for all women.