Plus factor: Melissa McCarthy has learnt to leverage on her size, add nuances to her roles
Audiences love it when Melissa McCarthy misbehaves.
There is something inherently funny about confounding expectations and with McCarthy, the perverse delight lies in witnessing vulgarities and over-the- top obnoxiousness coming from that sweet, cherubic face.
A gifted comedic actress, the 42-year- old knows how to work this. She did it to perfection in 2011's Bridesmaids, the breakout hit in which she played a bride's hilariously inappropriate sister-in-law.
And she looks set to do the same with starring roles in two films this year: the comic caper Identity Thief, with Jason Bateman, which opens in Singapore today, and the upcoming buddy-cop flick The Heat, with Sandra Bullock.
“It opened so many doors. I got to work with people I’ve always admired. It’s a bit mind-blowing.”
Actress Melissa McCarthy on starring in the 2011 film Bridesmaids