'They didn't go back and punch Dan Akroyd in the face," comedian says of actress friends

By Leah Greenblatt
Updated August 06, 2016 at 03:15 PM EDT
Credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic; Hopper Stone

Who you gonna call to defend the female cast of the recent Ghostbusters reboot against all the indignant fanboys and Reddit rageholes?

Well, a lot of famous people, actually, and maybe none better than the movie’s stars themselves — but Kevin Hart is the latest fellow actor to have something to say about the way these women he considers friends were treated online and in the press, and he spoke about it at length in an interview for this week’s EW cover story, on stands now.

“I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a good movie review, to be honest with you,” he says. “If I actually read a good review, I would go, ‘What?! Are you talking about me?’ It doesn’t matter. A critic’s job is to critique. But the flack they were trying to give these women in Ghostbusters, it was just so ridiculous. People take remakes as if you’re trying to destroy what’s been done — you’re living in the day and age where every movie’s been done! There’s no such thing as a unique idea right now, unless you go to f—ing Jupiter or Mars. Every cop movie, every detective movie, every buddy movie, every female buddy movie, every male buddy movie, every dinosaur movie, every space movie, anything with aliens, we’ve done it.”

“Look, it’s impossible not to get to this place where you’re trying to make things new and unique to your generation,” he continues. “So I applaud those women for going and doing it, and they were funny. Those women were funny. Melissa McCarthy is a great friend of mine, and so is Leslie [Jones]. And not only has Leslie been in the business of comedy for years, but the first opportunity she has in a big role, people try to destroy her character — the sea of negative flack that came with it, it was ridiculous… They didn’t go back and punch Dan Aykroyd in the face! I just applaud them all because I’m a fan of comedy. And I think every single woman that was cast in that movie did an amazing job.”

“So that’s just my little bit of positivity right there,” he says, laughing. “I know that you guys [EW] deal with with movies a lot, and I just wanted to give a shoutout — especially to my girl Leslie. You worked hard to get here, you’re gonna get here, and then there’s another stop after this. Don’t let that s— get to you. Just keep winning. Keep working hard, keep breaking down the barriers.”

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Ghostbusters (2016)

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 105 minutes
  • Paul Feig