Monday, 30 June 2014

Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone: Comedy's Top Power Couple

If you stuck with Bridesmaids until the lights came up, you might remember Melissa McCarthy and real-life husband Ben Falcone making sexy time with some deli meat. The scene wasn't in the script. Falcone recalls his wife summoning him to the set: "Melissa was like, Hurry, take your shirt off and put on this lunch meat. I'm like, I guess this is what we do on Thursdays?"

That improvised game of hide-the-$5-Footlong nicely sums up their romance, which began at The Groundlings and has since spawned two kids and this month's Tammy, the story of a woman-child following her worst day ever. (She stars; he directs. They wrote it together.) The film's two-second pitch: After getting fired and discovering her husband is cheating, Tammy robs a fast-food joint and hits the road with her alcoholic grandmother, played by Susan Sarandon. McCarthy describes the film as part road movie, part "coming of age—at weird ages." We describe it as their bid for Hollywood's Funniest Couple. Your move, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.

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