Melissa McCarthy Faces a Critic

Melissa McCarthy Faces a Critic

August 19, 2019 100 By William Morgan


– I want to talk about something
that you addressed
in this article in
“Entertainment Weekly.”
And I think this is–this is one
of the many reasons I love you.
But there was a reporter who
came up to you–
You have to tell the story.
– There was a reporter that,
after “Tammy,”
we got a lot of, uh,
“challenging” critiques
from that movie, which I also
learned maybe not to read any.
But there was one who said
a lot of things,
and I met him at
the Toronto Film Festival,
and he actually said,
“I’m the one that wrote this,”
and he’d said, basically,
I’m only a good actress when
I look attractive,
and that my husband shouldn’t be
allowed to direct me,
because he let me be–
to look hideous in this movie,
and it was a lot of things
and just, like,
kind of a “how dare women
not look beautiful,
perfect and attractive
in a movie?”
And he came up to me, and I was
surprised that he talked to me,
and we were there for
a different movie,
and I said, “You know,
would you do that to a man?
“Would you–if John C. Reilly
played a really broken-down
character and looked terrible–“
I said, “I put a lot of time
and effort into
having her completely not look
like she cared about herself.”
I said, “That was part of how
I felt she felt on the inside.”
And I said, “Would you ever say
that to a man?”
And he goes, “Well, I mean–
but you really looked bad.”
And then I said, “I hope–
do you have children?”
He said, “I do.”
I said,
“I hope you don’t have
a daughter.”
And I didn’t mean that
in a mean way, and I said,
“If she came home to you–“
and he spoke about his children
so lovely.
He was actually
a really kind man
and spoke about his son
and his daughter
with a lot of love and kindness.
And when I said, “If she comes
home and someone says,
‘You can’t have a job because
you’re unattractive–‘”
I said, “Are you going to say,
‘That’s right.’?”
And he–and he took that in
his heart,
and he was like, “No, that’s–
I would never want that to–
I would never in a million years
want that to happen.”
And I said, “Just know every
time you write stuff,
“every young girl in
this country reads that
and they just get a little bit
chipped away.”
And we–I just think we tear
down women in this country
for all these superficial
reasons,
and women are so great
and strong.
And I think he really
heard that.
That man was–
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But I think he heard it.
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I think–
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And that–that–thank you,
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but the writer was really
loving,
and you could tell he was
a loving father.
I think it’s a bad habit that
we’ve gotten into,
and it’s not that people
are malicious.
I just think it’s–
it’s so easy to take a swipe,
but I’m like,
“Just, go the other way.”
– Yeah.
– Build it up.
I mean, I feel like
that’s what you do
every day with your show.
You put a little love and
kindness in the world,
and it does good things
when you do that.
– Yep, it’s so much better to
build people up.
– It is.
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