Apparently, there are a lot of people who believe “only men can fight imaginary ghosts in a make-believe movie”.

Director Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot has come in for an intense amount of criticism online, with the film’s first trailer quickly becoming the most ‘disliked’ trailer of all time on YouTube.

At least part of that backlash, it seems, is because the Ghostbusters have been recast as women.

Now, the film’s new Ghostbusters — Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon — have tried to win over the haters with this appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

They were joined by the surviving members of the original Ghostbusters — Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson — as well as Annie Potts, who played the secretary role filled by Aussie Chris Hemsworth in the new film.

Aykroyd said he’s “really, really happy” with the new film, and said he thinks the new female Ghostbusters are great.

“All the guys in the movie are fine, too!” he added. “There are men and women in the movie!”

“Wait a minute, let’s not rush by that,” Murray joked. “There are both men and women in this film.”

Murray said the new film was a “tough movie to pull off” because “there’s a lot of expectation”. But, as he watched it with the original cast, he found they were soon “cheering like we were at a sporting event”.

Ghostbusters is released in Australia on Thursday 14 July. Watch the clip of the casts uniting above, and then check out these other Ghostbusters clips from the episode!

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