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Bridesmaids' Melissa McCarthy gets two new leading roles

05.16.2011

I hope a good chunk of you went out and saw BRIDESMAIDS this weekend, as it's a great film for any gender and undeniably hilarious for any audience.

Kristen Wiig did a great job, but I also was impressed with Melissa McCarthy, seen above, who I thought took on a kind of Chris Farley/Zach Galifianakis role in a way that I haven't seen too many females attempt before. Her lines were great, her physical comedy hilarious and she's the movies unsung star.

Well, it turns out she might start being sung a bit more. She's working on two new projects that actually have her starring in the lead role. Reteaming with BRIDESMAIDS co-writer Annie Mumolo, she's attempting to craft a film based around a woman determined to steal the Stanley Cup for her sick husband, played by McCarthy's ACTUAL husband, Ben Falcone, who also appears opposite her in BRIDESMAIDS (John from the plane).

The second project doesn't have any details attached, but BRIDESMAIDS' director Paul Feig is setting up an additional project for her to start in.

I say this news is pretty damn cool. Obviously Melissa is far from the Hollywood beauty norm, but if Jack Black can get his own films, why can't someone like her?

Extra Tidbit: The bathroom scene was just....wow.
Source: DeadlineEW

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7:53PM on 05/16/2011
what happened to that fat chick that played the main role in Precious? gabrielle something or other.
what happened to that fat chick that played the main role in Precious? gabrielle something or other.
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2:07AM on 05/17/2011
Exactly.
Exactly.
6:55PM on 05/17/2011
She's on the show The Big C on Showtime. It's actually good and had Laura Linny and Oliver Platt. I'd say she's doing OK.
She's on the show The Big C on Showtime. It's actually good and had Laura Linny and Oliver Platt. I'd say she's doing OK.
7:53PM on 05/16/2011

She's Awesome

I LOVED Bridesmaids. I would definitely see her in anything else, she's crazy talented and hilarious. So is Wiig and Rudolph. I just hope she doesn't get shoehorned into being the Hollywood fat girl, because she should be healthier. Obesity is dangerous. Sorry to sound like Oprah, but she's too good.
I LOVED Bridesmaids. I would definitely see her in anything else, she's crazy talented and hilarious. So is Wiig and Rudolph. I just hope she doesn't get shoehorned into being the Hollywood fat girl, because she should be healthier. Obesity is dangerous. Sorry to sound like Oprah, but she's too good.
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7:19PM on 05/16/2011
I've been a fan of Melissa since The Gilmore Girls. She's a wonderful dramatic actress and I love that she's now being given the opportunity to show her stuff to a bigger audience. She was the best part of the lackluster Bridesmaids by far.
I've been a fan of Melissa since The Gilmore Girls. She's a wonderful dramatic actress and I love that she's now being given the opportunity to show her stuff to a bigger audience. She was the best part of the lackluster Bridesmaids by far.
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5:19PM on 05/16/2011

THE FEMALE

ZACH GALIFIANAKIS
ZACH GALIFIANAKIS
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4:32PM on 05/16/2011
My first thought after walking out of the movie was "man, I hope we start seeing more of Melissa McCarthy like we did with Galifianakis after The Hangover."
My first thought after walking out of the movie was "man, I hope we start seeing more of Melissa McCarthy like we did with Galifianakis after The Hangover."
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4:23PM on 05/16/2011

Ok I guess...

Although I was rolling every time she was on screen. That woman cracked me up.
Although I was rolling every time she was on screen. That woman cracked me up.
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3:48PM on 05/16/2011
To be honest she is the main reason I have yet to see this movie. Her whole schtick in all the adds is extremely gross and off putting to me. I have a really hard time believing any of what anyone says about this movie being genuinely funny is true.
To be honest she is the main reason I have yet to see this movie. Her whole schtick in all the adds is extremely gross and off putting to me. I have a really hard time believing any of what anyone says about this movie being genuinely funny is true.
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3:00AM on 05/17/2011
Hmmm....maybe you should see it for yourself then. God forbid some chick has a "gross schtick" to you and is not proper enough for your tastes. Enjoy your mediocre comedies then. Or just watch the Royal Wedding over and over again if you want some woman without a "gross schtick."
Hmmm....maybe you should see it for yourself then. God forbid some chick has a "gross schtick" to you and is not proper enough for your tastes. Enjoy your mediocre comedies then. Or just watch the Royal Wedding over and over again if you want some woman without a "gross schtick."
10:27PM on 05/17/2011
Yeah, much of what clever guy said....time to take your balls outta your purse! Funny movie!
Yeah, much of what clever guy said....time to take your balls outta your purse! Funny movie!
3:37PM on 05/16/2011
A couple starring roles and she is dust and echoes.
A couple starring roles and she is dust and echoes.
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3:21PM on 05/16/2011

not sure why

"I say this news is pretty damn cool. Obviously Melissa is far from the Hollywood beauty norm, but if Jack Black can get his own films, why can't someone like her?" Someone like her? That sounds a bit rough...hahahaha

"I say this news is pretty damn cool. Obviously Melissa is far from the Hollywood beauty norm, but if Jack Black can get his own films, why can't someone like her?" Someone like her? That sounds a bit rough...hahahaha

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3:05PM on 05/16/2011
I liked her in Bridesmaids, and I even liker Mike and Molly (at times). I, for one, am excited for this.
I liked her in Bridesmaids, and I even liker Mike and Molly (at times). I, for one, am excited for this.
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