Chris Hemsworth very nearly bailed on Ghostbusters at the very last minute. The 2016 female-led reboot of the beloved franchise has something of a complicated legacy. While a quick look at Rotten Tomatoes would tell you critics were generally in favor of director Paul Feig’s take, it’s not so simple as all of that. And it turns out there was even a bit of behind the scenes drama we didn’t know about.
This reveal came as Chris Hemsworth recently kicked off the press tour for Men In Black: International, which hits theaters next month. Hemsworth explained that he just about bailed the night before shooting was scheduled to begin. Here’s what he had to say about it.
“The night before I was shooting, I almost pulled out. Three or four weeks prior, Paul said to me, ‘I’m going to write up the character. Don’t worry.’ And then I got the script and nothing had changed.”
As it happens, Chris Hemsworth, who played Kevin, the helpful aid to the female team of Ghostbusters, apparently didn’t have much to do in the script. Paul Feig likes to play around with improv and the actor was assured he would have a lot to do using improv on set. However, that also put him way out of his comfort zone.
“I was really scared walking onto that set. I had no real plan, so I was just feeding off of them, and I just felt ridiculous. So I used that.”
Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig were much more familiar with improv, given that three of them spent a great deal of time on Saturday Night Live. McCarthy, for her part, has been a regular player in Paul Feig’s directorial career. In any event, Chris Hemsworth generally wound up enjoying the experience. As a result, he didn’t understand, nor did he care for a lot of the backlash that resulted once the movie was released. The actor expressed his disappointment for the way that all went down.
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“That whole period I was like, ‘What ownership do you guys have over those characters?’ ‘Oh, you watched the film, therefore you should have a say over where it goes?’ I thought it was very unfortunate and kind of disappointing.”
At the end of the day, even though those who were particularly vocal about their distaste for the movie may have been in the minority, the movie was still far from a success. Ghostbusters grossed $229 million worldwide, which easily puts it in flop territory, given its $144 million budget. Hence, Sony never moved forward with a sequel. Instead, Ivan Reitman is getting ready to shoot a more proper version of Ghostbusters 3 that will take place in the same universe as the original two movies, with production scheduled to take place this summer for a summer 2020 release. This news was first reported by Variety.