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Judd Apatow: Trump's Troops Put the Hex on New 'Ghostbusters' Flick

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From left, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones, cast members in the upcoming film "Ghostbusters," pose together during the Sony Pictures Entertainment presentation at CinemaCon 2016. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

By    |   Friday, 03 Jun 2016 04:34 PM

Judd Apatow has leapt to the defense of the all-female "Ghostbusters" reboot — which has been relentlessly skewered on social media — with the powerhouse director saying those who hate the movie are probably supporters of Donald Trump.

"I would assume there's a very large crossover of people who are doubtful 'Ghostbusters' will be great and people excited about the Donald Trump candidacy," Judd Apatow, who directed such comedy smashes as "Trainwreck" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," told the news and entertainment website Uproxx.

"I would assume they are the exact same people … I think people have paid too much attention to just some angry trolls. And 'Ghostbusters' will be judged on its own greatness.

It's not like anybody really cares about a couple of idiots who hold onto the idea that things never evolve … We have our past and if you can come up with a new, cool way to do something, then that's exciting and hopefully it will make a lot of people happy."

The reboot of the 1984 comedy "Ghostbusters" stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones in the roles originated by Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson.

After the first trailer was released in March, fans of the original production about a zany crew of misfits hired to rid New York City of ghosts howled in protest.

On the movie's YouTube page, nearly 200,000 disliked it compared to 100,000 people who liked what they saw, which, The Washington Post said, "might be a record-breaking amount of hate for a trailer."

The vitriol reached new heights when popular YouTube video game/movie reviewer James Rolfe, nicknamed "The Angry Video Game Nerd," posted a six-minute video on his website Cinemassacre.com explaining why he was refusing to critique the new "Ghostbusters."

"The original, which we now have to call the 1984 Ghostbusters, is a timeless classic. It's one of the greatest comedies ever made. But this one … judging from the trailers, it looks awful," Rolfe said.

"So instead of doing what everyone else is going to do — go see the movie and then talk about how bad it is — I'm going to do something different … I'm not going to see it."

The original cast members, except for Ramis who died in 2014, make cameos in the new film, which is set of a nationwide July 15 release.

Apatow, executive producer of the hit TV series "Girls" and "Freaks and Geeks," has never been a fan of Trump, the billionaire real-estate tycoon and reality TV star turned presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

Last year, Apatow told CNN's Don Lemon, "I really do believe that Donald Trump is the crazy girl on The Bachelor that you don't want to get kicked off too early because they're fun to watch, but you pray that they will not win."

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Judd Apatow has leapt to the defense of the all-female "Ghostbusters" reboot - which has been relentlessly skewered on social media - with the powerhouse director saying those who hate the movie are probably supporters of Donald Trump.
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