Bridesmaids and Freaks and Geeks director Paul Feig dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to promote his upcoming buddy cop comedy, The Heat. Proving yet again that there's no typical path to Hollywood success, he talked about his first gig — writing, directing, and starring in commercials for his dad's army surplus store in Detroit, which were heavily influenced by his love of Steve Martin. He also gets in a bit of physical comedy as he recounts his early days as a Ronald McDonald; after the jump, the story of his close escape from a mob of candy-crazed children.
"Steve Martin was the No. 1 comic I tried to emulate. To this day, I wear three-piece suits all the time because of him. I got the Let’s Get Small album right when it first came out and did the routines for my classmates, but not telling them that it was Steve Martin. They thought I was the funniest man in the world. And then Steve Martin broke big, and everybody knew that I had stolen all the material."
-Bridesmaids director Paul Feig talking about his influences to Vulture. It's a list that, in addition to Steve Martin, includes Groucho Marx, David Letterman, and his parents.
The Melissa McCarthy-Sandra Bullock police comedy The Heat was supposed to be released April 5th, but the studio has moved the movie's premiere date to June 28th, according to Collider. This means the studio was likely really impressed with the film and wants to put it up during the competitive but lucrative summer movie season. The Heat, which also stars Tony Hale, Demian Bechir, Kaitlin Olson, Taran Killam, and Michael Rappaport, will now be facing off with big summer movies Kick-Ass 2 and White House Down. This is the first movie directed by Paul Feig since Bridesmaids, and the studio quickly locked him down to a first-look deal [...]
"All the funniest people I know are always women… I would also feel sick to my stomach when I would see these movies and how bad the female roles were. In a comedy, they were always the mean girlfriend or the bitchy whoever. Comedy's just so male driven behind the scenes that I think a lot of comedians have kind of a little boy’s perception of women, like: 'oh they ruin the fun,' or 'they’re just mom breaking up a good time.' It’s always just bothered me to see women relegated to such bad roles. All my favorite people that were making me laugh were female comedians on SNL. So I [...]
Your future favorite movie of a summer just keeps on getting better. Tony Hale has signed on to Paul Feig's still untitled buddy cop film written by Parks & Recreation's Kate Dippold and starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. McCarthy will be arresting Hale for soliciting a prostitute, which sounds like a hilarious scene in which McCarthy dresses like a streetwalker. Soliciting a prostitute is technically illegal but soliciting a prostitute with a hook for a hand should be super illegal.