“Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig recently gave fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse at an important part of the new movie.
Those who have seen the 1980s movies starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis know that Ghostbusters wear proton packs, which they use to capture ghosts. Feig recently tweeted out a picture of what seem to be the Ghostbusters uniforms (which heavily resemble those worn by Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis, and star Ernie Hudson) as well as new proton packs.
Feig has kept fans apprised every step of the way in the process of making this new movie – he tweeted out photos of new “Ghostbusters” stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as well as the news that “Avengers: Age of Ultron” actor Chris Hemsworth will take on the role of the receptionist (originally filled by actress Annie Potts) for the new film.
With the prevalence of social media, directors, actors, and others behind the scenes in Hollywood can keep fans more apprised of developments than ever before. In addition to his casting and costume updates, Feig told fans on Twitter that he wanted to cast women in the lead roles in his “Ghostbusters” movie even before Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, and Jones were cast.
“The Hobbit” director Peter Jackson released multiple videos during the production process for his fantasy trilogy, giving fans a look at the behind-the-camera process and dropping hints about the movies. Actor Chris Pratt, who starred in the Marvel movie “Guardians of the Galaxy” and in the current hit “Jurassic World,” is active on both Facebook and Twitter. Only one example of his fan interaction: “Jurassic” viewers have been posting photos imitating Pratt’s pose when he comes face-to-face with some velociraptors. After a fan sent Pratt a photo of a baby imitating the pose, Pratt wrote on Facebook, “Thank you to the parents of this little one. You've made my day. Oh man! I'm crying laughing.” This kind of direct interaction would have been hard to come by in the past.
This lightning-fast interactivity can have its drawbacks – “Avengers: Age of Ultron” director Joss Whedon recently left Twitter, telling Buzzfeed he found it “addictive.” Whedon was also the subject of vitriol from fans who disliked the characterization of female superhero Black Widow in “Ultron.” While Whedon noted that there was “hate” on the social media platform, he said the backlash wasn’t the reason for his departure, saying, “I have been attacked by militant feminists since I got on Twitter. That’s something I’m used to.”