Not your typical ‘Bridesmaids’
Chick-flick title notwithstanding, “Bridesmaids” is not your typical frothy fantasy about a gal planning her dream wedding. Whether it’s the entire female side of the wedding party experiencing an extremely unfortunate gastrointestinal reaction post-lunch at a questionable Brazilian restaurant, the main character calling a teenage girl the c-word or a post-credits sequence involving two plus-sized, semi-naked people and a huge sandwich, “Bridesmaids” pulls no punches.
“Bridesmaids” co-stars Kristen Wiig of “Saturday Night Live” and Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy, star of the CBS sitcom “Mike and Molly,” stopped by WLS-AM (890)’s “Roe & Roeper” show for a chat. (Co-host Roe Conn was off that day.) What follows is an excerpt from the conversation.
Kristen Wiig: Did you think … as a man, did you have expectations [about “Bridesmaids”] just because of the title? I’m interviewing you now.
Richard Roeper: When I hear “Bridesmaids,” I’m thinking probably a bland leading man is going to go through an airport and tell Kate Hudson not to get on the plane because she’s making the biggest mistake of her life — cue the Maroon 5 music. So, thank you for not doing that. Why don’t you explain what “Bridesmaids” is about.
KW: “Bridesmaids” is a comedy I co-wrote that Judd Apatow is producing, directed by Paul Feig. My character is not in the best place in her life. And what’s worse than being in a wedding while you’re going through that? Her best friend is getting married, and she feels like she’s losing her best friend. Enter all the bridesmaids: Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon, Ellie Kemper, Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne.
Melissa McCarthy: And I’ll say what Kristen can’t, cause she wrote it and is too nice to gush about herself. But I think it’s wildly funny. I love how it shows smart, real, funny women in relationships that you kind of buy. Even if they are the odd women out, I still know that person or that piece of her — instead of everything just being so wacky and crazy and unrelatable, like women fight about nail polish and heels. I’ve never had either of those fights. I don’t want to be called princess on my wedding day.
RR: I guess the shorthand is this is the female version of “The Hangover.” This is a movie that aggressively goes for the R rating, which I also appreciate. I hate the movies where you can only say the f-word once and the rest of the time they go, “That mollyflogging guy…”
KW: Right, it’s also fun when we have to go in to record the TV version where we have to cover up those words. You know where it’s like, “forget you.” No one says “forget you” when they are really mad.
RR: Peanut butter fudge.
KW: You’re being a piece of shingle.
RR: Kristen, in the opening scene you had to give Jon Hamm a break. He plays this guy who wants nothing more than sex from you. You’re his third choice when he’s making booty calls. And [in this scene] you essentially invent some new [sexual] positions…
KW: That was actually our last day of shooting. It was one of those things where we said we’ll just do stuff and you can throw me around. He was so great in the movie. He’s very funny. He can play a douchebag like no one else.
RR: Kristen, you co-wrote the script, so I’m assuming you wanted to honor the writer, but there are some scenes where it feels like you guys might have said let’s just play around a little bit. There’s a bachelorette party that’s intended to land in Vegas but a few things happen on the airplane that kind of slow things down.
KW: I was nervous. It’s hard to play that but be kind of real-looking. They always say when you’re drunk you try to act sober. So when you are playing drunk you have to play someone that’s drunk that’s trying not to act drunk.
MM: You reeked of gin that whole day, so I don’t know how much acting we were seeing.
RR: Melissa, you play the sister of the groom.
MM: I’m the one that had to be in the wedding party. I was the blood relative that they were like, “Oh, God, it would be too obvious to not invite her.”
KW: She brought something to that character that we couldn’t even imagine, and during rehearsals. We did a lot of rehearsals before we started shooting. She brought something to it that we, I mean everyone is talking about it. So funny. Also, the thing with Melissa’s character is that she’s really the only one that doesn’t really care what other people think and is totally happy with herself, totally happy with her life and doesn’t understand why everyone around her isn’t just as happy.
RR: You want a friend like that. Kristen, your character — there are a couple of moments, too, where she really goes dark. She even has an exchange with a high school girl. It ends with an insult that kind of takes your breath away.
KW: Yes, [she says] the world’s worst word.
RR: And it’s a woman in her 30s saying that to a teenage girl.
KW: I know. They had to cut it down because it was a little longer and then I was nervous. Is it OK? Is it kind of justified? But you should never call anyone that. I believe that Peter Frampton’s daughter [Mia Rose] is playing that girl.
RR: So she’s got Frampton money, double album money. That’s pretty impressive.
KW: She was funny. We improvised a lot in that scene. Before we started, we were both like, “Alright we’re just going to go there.” I said, “Say whatever you want to me, I can take it,” and we both went there.