Some reviews have picked up on this theme of toxic masculinity, something that seems to be on the increase since Ghostbusters (1).
What do you think the film has to add to the debate? I’m glad that you used the word “toxic”, because it’s very important to say that it’s very different from male energy. Male energy is beautiful.
Male energy is welcome. Male energy is necessary. Male energy is half the reason why we’re here.
That said, there has been a perversion of the beauty of male energy into this macho ideal that I don’t think services anybody.
In the case of Ghostbusters, the thing that made me so sad about that experience was that people seemed to be blaming the girls for the men who chose to hit the film that they were in,
and I didn’t think that was cool. In terms of my new movie, what our director was saying was that he thinks this energy really has no place in our world any more.