Sunday night I attended the Red Carpet and screening of Paul Feig’s new comedy “Spy” starring Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Morena Baccarat and Jude Law. Melissa McCarthy plays Susan Cooper; a deskbound CIA analyst who is the eyes and ears for a dashing agent played by Jude Law. When he is killed, Susan goes into to the field to find the killer and get back a stolen nuclear device.
I had the good fortune to interview Melissa McCarthy and writer / director Paul Feig on the Red Carpet.
Hi Melissa, I am from Atlanta’s CW, and we air “Mike and Molly.”
Melissa McCarthy: Oh, that is where I am living right now. I mean not right now but I am shooting there now. I fly back to Atlanta tonight.
So how would Molly do as a spy?
Melissa: She may fare a little better. She a little saucier. I think she would be great at it. She is a little more headstrong than my character, Susan, in the film, at least in the beginning. But she would probably fall just as much.
Now I usually ask why did you do this film, but I know that Paul Feig only had to say “I have an idea” and you would say yes.
Melissa: Exactly. I read it, and I said yes. In fact, I said, “I beg you, I beg you let me do it.” Then I hounded him and then he said ok. I mean it’s Paul Feig and that cast and the script. There wasn’t a single negative to it. I just had to do it.
Thank you, Melissa and enjoy your time in Atlanta.
Melissa: Thanks, I will.
Paul Feig: Hi
What is the inspurantion for this film?
Paul: I am a big James Bond fanatic and a Borne fanatic. I just love spy movies and have always wanted to do one. But I realized that no one would let me direct one because I am a comedy director, so I thought, I love working with funny women, let me write my own female driven one. It all came alive in my head after that.
What a great cast this film has!
Paul: Oh my gosh, I can’t believe half this cast joined this film. I mean I have comedians in my films all the time but in this one I have legitimate actors like Jude Law, Rose Byrne and Jason Statham. It’s really a thrill.
Good Luck with the movie and enjoy SXSW!
Paul: Thank you!
“Spy,” written and directed by Paul Feig and starring Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Morena Baccarat and Jude Law will be coming out from 20th Century Fox on May 22nd.