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Getting tipsy with Sandra and Melissa

A drinking scene in ''The Heat'' lead to some spontaneous buffoonery

THE HEAT • JUNE 28

The summer's best happy hour might be at a movie theater: In the most delightfully unhinged scene from the buddy-cop comedy The Heat, a rigid FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) and a crass beat cop (Melissa McCarthy) hit a snag in their drug case and dive deep into many rounds of Jäger at the neighborhood bar. ''All it said in the script was 'They keep drinking shots,''' says director Paul Feig. But the shoot turned into one wicked-long night of improvisation involving power ballads, broken glasses, a dance routine — and even a bit of spontaneous buffoonery in which Bullock's character tapes her nose to her forehead. ''That's what I used to do with my little sister: How can you make the most grotesque face with Scotch tape?'' she explains.

Did we mention there was dancing? ''They were going to have a choreographer come in and show us what to do,'' says McCarthy. ''But we said, 'It can't be good. When you're that drunk and think, Huh, we should make up a dance, it's never good!' So we gave ourselves five seconds to come up with one eight-count which was incredibly dumb, and whatever we remembered, that's what we did.'' What makes the scene such a beaut is that both women act as authentically ridiculous as you did on your greatest, sloppiest night out. ''Thank God much of it ended up on the cutting-room floor,'' says Bullock. Well, then...cheers to the DVD extras!

Originally posted May 24, 2013 Published in issue #1261-1262 May 31, 2013 Order article reprints