Leslie Jones' 'Ghostbusters' Role Was Intended For Someone Else
Director Paul Feig told Empire magazine he changed his mind about who should play Patty Tolan and that Jones' comedic chops influenced the decision.By Lexie Hammesfahr | March 11, 2016
When the first trailer for the new "Ghostbusters" came out, some Twitter users were pretty angry that Leslie Jones, the one African-American lead, was playing a New York subway worker and was the only non-scientist in the Ghostbusters gang.
Jones was forced to defend herself and her character. Even the film's director, Paul Feig, stepped in to defend her saying, "Haters, attack me all you want but when you attack and insult my cast, you've crossed the line."
But here's what fans should know: The Patty Tolan role was originally meant for Melissa McCarthy because it's a "brash, larger than life character."