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15 Times Melissa McCarthy and Her Husband Ben Falcone Shared the Screen

September 10, 2021   No Comment   Articles, Ben Falcone

If you’ve seen Melissa McCarthy in a movie role, odds are you might have spotted her real life husband Ben Falcone alongside her too.

McCarthy seems to be a collaborative performer in general, after appearing alongside Octavia Spencer many times for over a decade. She’s also appeared in multiple movies and series with actor Bobby Cannavale.

No one can compare to her husband Ben Falcone, though; not only do they share a life together as husband and wife, they’ve also starred in over a dozen movie and television projects together.

Here’s a list of their joint work…

Before we dive into the full list, it’s worth noting a couple of occasions where the married couple have been part of the same project, but have not necessarily shared the screen.

McCarthy came to prominence as Sookie St. James in Gilmore Girls, but her husband also made a brief appearance as a lawyer in Season 3. They both stared in the short movie Chicken Party, alongside the likes of Octavia Spencer and Allison Janney. The pair also played themselves in multiple episodes of the TV Land comedy Nobodies.

1. Cook Off!
Falcone and McCarthy first made their big screen debut together in the mockumentary comedy Cook Off!.

McCarthy played an amateur chef hoping to win a national competition, while Falcone played her supportive but equally clueless-with-cooking husband.

2. The Nines
Melissa McCarthy played herself and various other characters in this perplexing 2007 movie. Ryan Reynolds leads and stars along with Hope Davis, and a very young Elle Fanning.

Falcone makes a cameo as McCarthy’s husband in the reality TV portion of the movie.

3. Pretty Ugly People
Missi Pyle is the star of this R-rated romcom while McCarthy plays her old college buddy Becky.

Falcone makes a brief appearance at the end as McCarthy’s character’s partner Coach Merryweather.

4. Bridesmaids
Perhaps the couple’s most iconic appearance on screen together, the image of them sat next to each other on a plane has stood the test of time.

McCarthy got an Oscar nomination for her role as the brash friend Megan. When she runs into Jon (Falcone) on a flight, sparks fly immediately as she’s determined to out him as an undercover air marshal.

Falcone revealed on Conan that he and his wife actually filmed a food-fueled sex scene for the movie that didn’t get used in the final cut.

Melissa McCarthy breaks down fighting little birds and big trauma in The Starling trailer

August 24, 2021   No Comment   Articles, The Starling

Melissa talks about her new film The Starling with The film premieres on Netflix at the end of September.

EW exclusively chats with the Oscar-nominated actress about filming with very angry CGI birds in the trailer for her new Netflix movie The Starling with Chris O’Dowd and Kevin Kline.

Upon first glance, there’s an air of slight absurdity flapping through EW’s exclusive trailer for Melissa McCarthy’s upcoming Netflix dramedy The Starling. The clip (below) teases a plot bordering on preposterous, in which the Oscar-nominated actress frequently dons a football helmet to skirt dive-bombs from a renegade bird nesting above her garden. But that’s just how the filmmakers want you to feel before they hit you square in the gut.

“It’s the thing we all relate to: You laugh at funerals, you cry at weddings,” McCarthy tells EW of the tonal spirit guiding the film’s deceptively deep plot, which follows her character, Lily, as she soldiers through unfathomable grief following the death of the infant daughter while her husband, Jack (Chris O’Dowd), recovers in a mental health facility — all while a feathered neighbor becomes hellbent on driving her out of the family home.

She continues: “Theodore Melfi is one of the most relatable, delicate directors, because he can still do humor and break your heart.”

That dynamic tone runs consistent throughout The Starling, with McCarthy’s layered performance shifting from searing rage to somber introspection at breakneck pace. It all mirrors the messy reality of piecing a shattered life back together through periods of extreme joy and sorrow as Lily’s recovery dovetails with her foe’s increasingly hostile attacks. She seeks out a prickly therapist (Kevin Kline), makes weekly visits to Jack, sells every piece of furniture in her home, and yet each time she seemingly finds her grip on a fresh start, she’s ruffled by avian terrorism that’s as emotional as it is physical; a staunch reminder that unmanaged grief can peck away at the soul.

McCarthy admits she enjoyed acting opposite a CGI bird for most of the film’s 28-day shoot, but hopes viewers see the pest as symbolic of something beyond, well, a “cantankerous pain in the ass,” she says with a laugh. Laughter was necessary to get through the film’s grittier moments, and she found her share alongside her director, who also stepped in as an impromptu scene partner.

“Ted would do the voice of the bird, which, at some point, I got used to it, but at first it’d make me laugh. He’d be trying to give me something to look at, but he’d be like [makes turkey noises]. It made me laugh, but I was supposed to be upset or angry. There’s lots of footage of Ted Melfi making bird sounds,” she remembers.

McCarthy’s ability to match her signature comedic chops with Lily’s grit — a dramatic feat she previously flexed across her tremendous turn in Marielle Heller’s 2018 gem Can You Ever Forgive Me? — gave Melfi confidence in asking her to navigate the peaks and valleys of the Starling script.

But, he needed to make some changes for his former St. Vincent star before she signed on.

“After reading the script several times, I felt that I had seen so many films whereby the ‘strong’ man fights to hold it all together while the ‘weaker’ woman takes a time out to deal with her mental state. This is beyond a cliche to me,” the Academy Award-nominated Hidden Figures helmer explains, noting that he swapped the genders of the lead roles in Matt Harris’ story to serve a greater thematic purpose. “Switching Jack and Lily was not only more interesting, more compelling, fresher and more modern,’ it was simply more accurate. Seeing a strong woman hold her life together and fight for her marriage while going through the worst circumstance any couple could go through is a story we need to see and a story that I had to tell.”

McCarthy was ultimately fascinated by the resulting story’s earnestly hopeful heart roosting under its wilder dressings.

“There are a lot of shoulds in our world: How you should behave, how you should react, how you should get over something. You should be over it by now,” finishes McCarthy. “The shoulds are always judgmental. Jack’s not wrong for not wanting to join life again, and Lily’s not wrong for barreling through, pretending it never happened. There’s no right way to do it. Especially now when everybody wants to tell everybody else how to live with so much anger…. if everyone stopped thinking in terms of what other people should be doing and start thinking about what I could do to help, we’d have a very different world.”

The Starling debuts in theaters on Sept. 17 and will available on Netflix Sept. 24 following its world premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival earlier that month.

Melissa McCarthy says she did that roadside sign for injured Mariska Hargitay out of guilt

August 19, 2021   No Comment   Articles, Guest Appearances

McCarthy isn’t the best texter, which she says the Law & Order star called her out on after being injured.

Melissa McCarthy has revealed the origins behind last month’s grand gesture of support after her friend Mariska Hargitay broke her ankle — and it all comes down to guilt.

While visiting NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote her Hulu show Nine Perfect Strangers, McCarthy admitted that the Law & Order: SVU star is a really good texter. McCarthy, on the other hand, isn’t so great at answering messages.

“She sent me a really funny text just like, ‘Oh, don’t worry, I’m just here in a lot of pain, recovering. I guess you’re too busy to respond to my texts,'” the Bridesmaids actress explained. “And so I was like, ‘Okay. Game on.’ So now, I have to make it seem like, ‘This is why I didn’t get back to you, because I was petitioning prayers.'”

That was what made McCarthy jump in a car and head to a Wienerschnitzel, where she stood outside with a sign that said “Honk if you’re PRAYING for Mariska Hargitay’s recovery.” She later posted the video on Instagram with the caption, “If you can’t produce quality care for your friend after ankle surgery, the next best is obviously standing outside Wienerschnitzel with a sign.”

Although McCarthy admitted to Fallon that she couldn’t tell if passerbys “were thinking, like, ‘get well Mariska’ or if they were like ‘get out of the way,'” she was happy to go all out when it came to cheering up her friend. And Hargitay appreciated the effort, reposting the video on her own Instagram and writing, “Above and beyond. Honk if you’re blown away by @melissamccarthy’s heart and humor. Might be worth breaking my ankle for. #PrayingSheGotMeATakeOutSchnitzel. #WomenSupportingWomen.”

In July, Hargitay broke her ankle when she tripped on pavement in the rain while leaving a Cinema Society screening of Black Widow in the Hamptons. She was treated at a local hospital, missing the remainder of the star-studded after-party which she was hosting.