'Ghostbusters' star Kristen Wiig on backlash over all-female cast: 'Really bummed me out'

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Kristen Wiig didn't expect that the Ghostbusters reboot would catch any flak over its all-female cast.

The actress was asked by the Los Angeles Times to weigh in on reaction to the reboot, particularly to the fact that some fans complained about the gender switch. Wiig told the Times that she has never been involved in a project that garnered so much attention and controversy while it was being shot.

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FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2015 file photo, presenter Kristen Wiig poses in the press room at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Wiig will join Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones in an all-female reboot of "Ghostbusters," scheduled for release in July of 2016. Director Paul Feig announced his stars by tweeting their pictures on Twitter on Tuesday, Jan. 27. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 18: Kristen Wiig is seen on the set of 'Ghostbuster' in Boston on June 18, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Actress Kristen Wiig speaks onstage during the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on February 21, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Melissa McCarthy arrives at the People's Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Actress Melissa McCarthy speaks during SiriusXM's 'Town Hall' With Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham And Paul Feig at the SiriusXM Studios on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2014 file photo, actress Leslie Jones poses at the "Top Five" premiere at the Princess of Wales Theatre during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. Jones will star with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon in an all-female reboot of "Ghostbusters," scheduled for release in July of 2016. Director Paul Feig announced his stars by tweeting their pictures on Twitter on Tuesday, Jan. 27. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23: Samantha Yanks, Cecily Strong, Leslie Jones and Debra Halpert attend the Gotham & Hamptons Magazines celebration of Gotham's Spring Issue featuring Saturday Night Live's Cover Stars at Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Gotham Magazine)
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FILE - This Aug. 25, 2014 file photo shows actress Kate McKinnon at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. McKinnon will star with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Leslie Jones in an all-female reboot of "Ghostbusters," scheduled for release in July of 2016. Director Paul Feig announced his stars by tweeting their pictures on Twitter on Tuesday, Jan. 27. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15: Actress Kate McKinnon attends Opening Night: Live From New York! during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival at the Beacon Theatre on April 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)
Kate McKinnon attends the "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" premiere on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
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"And the fact there was so much controversy because we were women was surprising to me," Wiig said. "Some people said some really not nice things about the fact that there were women."

"It didn't make me mad, it just really bummed me out," the actress continued. "We're really honoring those movies."

Director Paul Feig's Ghostbusters also stars Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth. It hits theaters on July 22, 2016.

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