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Melissa McCarthy joins Judd Apatow's This is Forty

Jul. 8, 2011by: Paul Tassi

BRIDESMAIDS star Melissa McCarthy would appear to be the female Galifianakis, as her quirky role in an R-rated comedy has propelled interest in her for future projects, and she's got quite a few lined up.

The most high profile one would likely be THIS IS FORTY, as McCarthy has just been added to the cast in an unspecified role (Update: it has been specified as a mom at the kids' school). This is Judd Apatow's next directorial effort, and though you see him producing everything under the sun, he only gets behind the camera on rare occasions. When he does? We get THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN and KNOCKED UP. Though we also got FUNNY PEOPLE. Yeah, yeah, bring on the hate, but I can't stand that movie.

Anyway, THIS IS FORTY is actually a spin-off of KNOCKED UP where Paul Rudd, along with Leslie Mann (Apatow's wife) raise their two little kids (Apatow's kids) while dealing with middle age. Shooting just started and Judd described his thoughts in a recent tweet:

"Four days into the shoot. It feels like the last few days of shooting apocalypse now. I am suicidal in the silver fish. Seems funny though."

I have literally no idea what to make of that, but I'll look forward to seeing McCarthy in a supporting role.

Extra Tidbit: It would be cool to see him head back to TV at some point in the future.
Source: THR

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9:17PM on 07/08/2011
She annoyed the shit out of me in Bridesmaids. She and Maya Rudolph ruined that movie for me.
I had hoped this movie might be good, now I don't.
She annoyed the shit out of me in Bridesmaids. She and Maya Rudolph ruined that movie for me.
I had hoped this movie might be good, now I don't.
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8:24PM on 07/08/2011
Apatow is going to turn out exactly like his last star Adam Sandler. Washed up, not funny, doing bad movies. Everyone will always remember the glory days of the first few movies that were hysterical and then cringe every time his new flick hits theatres.
Apatow is going to turn out exactly like his last star Adam Sandler. Washed up, not funny, doing bad movies. Everyone will always remember the glory days of the first few movies that were hysterical and then cringe every time his new flick hits theatres.
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8:02PM on 07/08/2011

Cameos?

I know there are always some sort of cameos in Apatow films, but I really hope we get a cameo from Rogen if not Heigl. I hope Heigl eats some humble fucking pie and shows up, even if just for a minute, for some semblance of continuity.
I know there are always some sort of cameos in Apatow films, but I really hope we get a cameo from Rogen if not Heigl. I hope Heigl eats some humble fucking pie and shows up, even if just for a minute, for some semblance of continuity.
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6:47PM on 07/08/2011
I agree with you on Funny People, but I'm hoping for the best.
I agree with you on Funny People, but I'm hoping for the best.
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5:47PM on 07/08/2011

Dear Mr. Apatow

Your next movie ought to be a freaks and geeks class reunion. come on make it happen.
Your next movie ought to be a freaks and geeks class reunion. come on make it happen.
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6:49PM on 07/08/2011
No kidding!!! I would've rather had the Freaks & Geeks or Undeclared movie before 40 year old Virgin, Funny People or this.
No kidding!!! I would've rather had the Freaks & Geeks or Undeclared movie before 40 year old Virgin, Funny People or this.
3:37PM on 07/08/2011

Boo

Great another reason for apatow to showcase his fucking children and wife and not worry about if its funny or not. No thanks
Great another reason for apatow to showcase his fucking children and wife and not worry about if its funny or not. No thanks
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1:58PM on 07/08/2011
According to every other site, the role is as a mom at the school (where Maude and Iris go).
According to every other site, the role is as a mom at the school (where Maude and Iris go).
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2:15PM on 07/08/2011
From Hollywood Reporter: "...it is understood that Lee will play the son of McCarthy, a mom at the school that Rudd and Mann's children attend".


Way to go, Paul....ugh.
From Hollywood Reporter: "...it is understood that Lee will play the son of McCarthy, a mom at the school that Rudd and Mann's children attend".


Way to go, Paul....ugh.
12:44PM on 07/08/2011
If she's the female Galifianakis, consider me Miles Davis.
If she's the female Galifianakis, consider me Miles Davis.
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