Paul Feig talks about his newest female cop comedy, "The Heat" starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, a follow up to the wildly successful "Bridesmaids."
-So, when you first read the script for The Heat, what was like the initial thing that drew you to wanna kind of jump on board with the project? -Well, I always wanted to do an action movie. -Uh-huh. -I've developed some in the past and-- but I-- After Bridesmaids, I wanted to keep making movies with funny women. -Uh-huh. -And so, the minute this landed on my desk, it was called The Untitled Female Body Cop. -Okay. -So, I was like, I mean-- You know, then-- But then you go on going but I hope the script is good and that the script was so fun. -Uh-huh. -And I-- And also I was told that Sandra was already interested in being in it. So, I'm like, okay, well that-- -Uh-huh. -it's getting better than that and then when I read it, saw that it had to be Melissa on the other role. -So, you had a-- you had a role in putting Melissa into the-- -Oh yeah. -Oh, awesome. -As a director, that's half-- that's 90% of my job, is casting the right people. -Uh-huh. -And the movie is kind of for comedy nerds. There are like kind of little treasure-- little treasure so-- like Tony Hale was in it. -Exactly. -Yeah. -Mike McDonald. -Yeah. I mean like it's a-- it's a variable treasure throw for a comedy like this. -I'm a big believer that I never wanna waste any roles. -Uh-huh. -You know? 'Cause there's a tendency especially when you shoot of out town like, oh, we'll just get a bunch of local people, you know. But why not have the funniest people you can in those roles? -Uh-huh. -There are a couple of locals in there who-- but they are the funniest locals we ever known, so. -Uh-huh. And you have made a lot of comedies of-- whether it be TV and wanted-- you said you liked-- wanted to do an action film. -Uh-huh. -How was it like filming action sequences and then kind of also balancing comedy at the same time? -It was-- I enjoyed it, but I really went on saying like this has to be a workplace comedy-- -Uh-huh. -'cause I base it all-- when I watch an action movie with my wife and there's like big crazy stunts going on, she'll like kind of wander out of the room bored so like, okay, so I wanna kind of have women like this movie. So, I just need to make sure that all the action was in service of story or of comedy and usually hopefully both. -Uh-huh. And with Sandra and Melissa, did you give a lot of room for improv for them? How much improv was in the movie? -I mean, there's a good amount of improv. You know, we never go in without a great script and we never kind of do a scene we're like let's just go crazy. -Uh-huh. -You know, you know the roadmap of what you need out of the scene and then within that the improv is anywhere from just kind of loosening up the lines to like surprise me with the-- get it back and forth and then I'm throwing in jokes. Katie, the writer, is on set. She's throwing in jokes and other people are coming up with things. So, the goal is to get a lot of extra jokes so that when we start cutting it together, if one didn't work, we'll have 10 others we could slide there. -And growing up, I guess, were you a fan or buddy cop TV or buddy cop movies? What are some of your favorites? -I mean, I loved 48 Hours-- -Uh-huh. -and Beverly Hills Cop. That was kind of my touchtone for this-- -Uh-huh. -because I like the tone of that and how it was dangerous-- -Uh-huh. -but at the same time it was funny, but the comedy came from these 2 funny people kind of interacting with these dangerous villains and also kind of just the danger there around. -Uh-huh. -So that to me is always-- that was what kind of guided the tone of this movie. -And I was thinking about this movie. I was just talking outside about like this is the-- I think this is safe to say. This is the very first female body cop movie. Is it? -Well, I think there was one in the 80s-- -Uh-huh. -that was with Victoria Jackson and maybe Nora Dunn if I get it right. -Oh wow. -But I think it was a little more girly, you know, like kind of, oh, you know how to hold a gun. I remember the poster was like not knowing how to hold the gun. -Do you remember the title of it? I wanna look that up. -You gotta look it up. You gotta look it up. -I remember it didn't work, but I think it's because it was silly, you know. -Yeah. -And I really-- Again, facing this like serious problem with serious people in it who just happen to funny I think made it feel a little more real. -Yeah. And then I was also-- While doing my research, I read up and we all know how reliable IMDB is-- -Yeah. Exactly. -I was just like clicking on everyone's cast and your profile and it already said The Heat 2. Is that-- Is that correct or is that just a rumor? -Well, we are writing it right now-- -Oh okay. -with Katie Dippold who wrote the first one. Look, we don't know how we're gonna do. -Yeah. -We might not do well enough to do a sequel, but if we do do well, I always, you know-- I like a sequel to come when I'm still happy about the first one. -Uh-huh. -So, we'll see. -Oh. -Fingers crossed. -I will touch the world. -Stop! -That was pretty awesome. -You were killing us out there. You don't fit in. -I am a federal agent. -What are those? -Those banks. Those banks installed everything together. -Why? What's gonna come popping out?
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