Leslie Jones suffered badly at the hands of trolls on Twitter after the all-female 'Ghostbusters' film was released in 2016 - so much so that she temporarily left the social media platform.
Now, however, the actress has said that what really annoyed her were comments made by Jason Reitman - who directed 2021's 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' - that disparaged Paul Feig's 2016 film.
Jones has just released her new memoir 'Leslie F**king Jones', and as is the norm with these things, there are a few scores settled in the book.
One of them is with 'Juno' director Reitman, whose father Ivan, of course, directed the first two 'Ghostbusters' films in the 1980s. Following the backlash around the 2016 reboot - which also starred Kirsten Wiig and Melissa McCarthy - the director told Bill Burr on his podcast that his plan for 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' was "to go back to the original technique and hand the movie back to the fans."
“I’m not making the Juno of Ghostbusters movies," he added. "This is gonna be a love letter to Ghostbusters…. I want to make a movie for my fellow Ghostbusters fans."
Although Reitman said at the time that his comments "came out wrong", Jones said in her memoir that "The damage was done."
"Bringing up the idea of giving the movie ‘back to the fans’ was a pretty clear shout-out to all those losers who went after us for making an all-female [movie]," she wrote, describing that film's critics as "sad keyboard warriors living in their mother's basements."
"Why are people being so evil to each other? How can you sit and type ‘I want to kill you.’ Who does that?” she wrote. "[They] hated the fact that this hallowed work of perfect art now featured — gasp! horror! — women in the lead roles. Worst of all, of course, was that one of the lead characters was a Black woman. For some men, this was the final straw."
Jones added that she had to fight to have her salary on the film increased, even though she was a well-established stand-up by that point.
"It was made clear to me at times during the process that I was lucky to even be on that movie, but honestly, I was thinking, ‘I don’t have to be in this muthafucka," she wrote. "Especially as I got paid way less than Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig. No knock on them, but my first offer was to do that movie for $67,000. I had to fight to get more (in the end I got $150K), but the message was clear: ‘This is gonna blow you up—after this, you’re made for life,’ all that kind of shit, as though I hadn’t had decades of a successful career already. And in the end, all it made for me was heartache and one big-ass controversy."