Before Paul Feig enlisted Melissa McCarthy to wield a proton pack in his Ghostbusters reboot, the director got hands-on when it came to shooting a particularly batty scene for the duo’s espionage comedy, Spy.
Insidious Chapter 3 may have won the box office race on Friday, but by Sunday, Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig’s comedy Spy came out on top, debuting to an estimated weekend total of $30 million.
A dastardly terrorist has a loose nuke. All the CIA’s top field agents have been exposed. And the good guys’ last hope has to jet from one exotic European locale to another to track down the bad guys and save the day while the clock ticks. It sounds familiar, but today, the role of James Bond or Ethan Hunt will be played by Melissa McCarthy.
This weekend brings Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy and a rich cast of supporting characters including Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Jason Statham and Allison Janney. For American audiences, Miranda Hart—who plays the timid Nancy alongside McCarthy—is a new face. But not so in the UK, where she’s very well known thanks to the semi-autographical sitcom Miranda she wrote and starred in and from her her role on the popular drama Call the Midwife. Director Paul Feig, a fan, wrote the part of Nancy with Hart in mind.
For 17-year old Francheska Pastor, landing her band Bad Seed Rising’s self-titled song in the end credits of Spy was something she never thought possible. As the lead singer of the self-proclaimed “youngest band in history to sign with a label,” Bad Seed Rising was just getting used to a life of rock and roll when Spy director Paul Feig got wind of their song and insisted it close out his raucous comedy starring Melissa McCarthy.
Spy may be filled with a lot of famous comedy faces, but the person who made Melissa McCarthy crack up the most on set was none other than Jason Statham.
“I broke a lot with him,” she told EW and People editorial director Jess Cagle, adding, “Him coming close and angry to me and then saying nonsense kind of destroyed me.”
There’s a lot of new blood at the box office, with big openings from Spy, Insidious Chapter 3, and Entourage. While Entourage started the weekend early with a surprisingly strong Wednesday debut, it’s Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig’s latest comedy, Spy, that’s expected to top this weekend’s box office.
Here’s how the race might play out:
1. Spy — $35 million
Rose Byrne may play an intimidating Bulgarian arms dealer with sky-high hair in Spy, but her co-star Melissa McCarthy revealed that Byrne was the person who broke and started giggling more than anyone on set. So naturally, McCarthy set out to make her laugh in every scene.
“She’s so sweet, and she’s so beautiful that it’s really fun to try to verbally destroy her,” McCarthy said.
After this Tonight Show appearance, Jason Statham may need to see a chiropractor before taking on his next role.
From Bridesmaids to The Heat to this weekend’s Spy, writer and director Paul Feig is no stranger to working with hilarious women – especially Melissa McCarthy. But according to Feig, his early pitches for female-driven movies weren’t catching on as he was told they “wouldn’t sell in certain markets.” After hearing it over and over, he came to the conclusion the idea just didn’t make any sense.
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