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Melissa McCarthy: Big queen of comedy

Comedienne Melissa McCarthy again plays another unlikeable character in a film she co-wrote

Published on Jul 2, 2014 10:55 AM

How big a star is Melissa McCarthy?

Big enough that the boss of a major movie studio bought the script for her new film Tammy before he had read a single word of it.

After her scene-stealing performances in blockbuster comedies such as Bridesmaids (2011) and The Heat (2013), the 43-year-old has become a Hollywood juggernaut by playing outrageously obnoxious characters.

The movies get laughs in part because of how ordinary she looks - something that makes her success all the more remarkable as one of the few A-list comediennes to get where she is without having done a bunch of romantic comedies first.

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“He just says things and I say, ‘That sounds great.’ I just agree with him and it all works out.”

McCarthy on her partnership with her husband Ben Falcone, who directs her new film Tammy