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Melissa McCarthy Changes How People See Funny Women

Later this week, The Heat, the first female buddy cop movie ever, opens up in theaters nationwide. There is a lot of anticipation building to see Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock play slapstick comedy roles that have been, traditionally, played for decades by men. To put into perspective just how high the buzz is for The Heat, Rotten Tomatoes users are clocking in at a 96% “Want to See” rating.

Something that has generated a great deal of attention before the release of the film, and is getting to be somewhat of a tradition for Melissa McCarthy: Photoshop drama. Melissa is a plus-sized actress. However the marketing and graphic design departments of the films she works on seems to think, when it comes to advertising, we need to see a digitally slimmed down Melissa. When posters for the 2011 hit Bridesmaids were released, the version with Melissa was shockingly altered. This year, The Heat posters are going under the Photoshop knife.

The UK version of the poster for The Heat was so dramatically altered by Photoshop that it instantly became a farce. A reporter from Huffington Post talked to Paul Feig, the director of The Heat, on the red carpet of the premiere and asked him about the poster.

Reporter: I doubt you had anything to do with that UK poster for “The Heat” that aggressively Photoshopped the way Melissa looks, but what did you think when you saw that?
Paul: That’s the problem: I have very little to do with that — especially in the foreign markets. It’s a bummer. I love Melissa exactly how she is.

Melissa will be the cover girl for the July/August issue of More magazine, and in an interview with the magazine she talks about being different and making it work in Hollywood. Melissa tells More she often hears from women who have struggled: “The letters I really love are from young actresses who were worried they had to fit a certain look. They say I’ve opened it up. And I don’t just mean plus-size girls, you can push things now. With all the great performances in Bridesmaids, it changed how people see funny women.”

I think the amazing rise of Melissa McCarthy’s career will help many women in Hollywood and many women comics. Melissa has opened the door for women who previously have been told they are too fat, too against type, too unusual, too whatever to succeed. Melissa is now their poster girl for success – no Photoshopping required!

Answer to the Pop Quiz!

In my last post about Melissa and Sandra I asked, “Who can tell me the ONLY buddy cop movie with a male/female partner combination?”

This was almost a trick question as there are two contenders: Kindergarten Cop and Exit to Edit.
However, in Kindergarten Cop the female partner, played by Pamela Reed, is incapacitated with illness for most of the film and is not, truly, partnering with her male partner, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Only Exit to Eden shows an actual male/female partner combination played by Dan Aykroyd and Rosie O’Donnell. Three movie nerd points to you if you got this answer correct!

I can’t wait to see Melissa and Sandra bring on The Heat this weekend!

The Many Funny Faces of Melissa Mccarthy:

  • Funny Lady Melissa 1 of 13
    Melissa McCarthy Brings The Funny

    Melissa is one of our favorite funny ladies. Check out the different ways she has been portrayed on magazine covers and movie posters.

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

  • Cover of More Magazine 2 of 13
    melissa-More

    Melissa is the July/August cover girl for More magazine. I know this magazine is for a slightly older demographic, but I am not really digging how muted Melissa looks on the cover. I also am not a fan of the placement of her hands just below her chin. Just let Melissa shine! No need to cover her up.

     

    Image Credit: More magazine

  • Shared cover of Vanity Fair 3 of 13
    melissa-VF

    This January 2013 cover photo of Vanity Fair makes me sad. Look how leggy and glam Leslie Mann and Megan Fox are. Then look at Melissa who is being portrayed as some sort of angry oversized child. I am hoping Vanity Fair decides Melissa is worthy of a do-over and gives her a great photographer and her own cover. 

     

    Image Credit: Vanity Fair

  • Cover of The Hollywood Reporter 4 of 13
    melissa-THR

    THIS!!! This is by far one of the most beautiful cover photos of Melissa. The entire article in The Hollywood Reporter is stunning and well done. It is glam, it is sexy, and look! no need to photoshop a chin.

     

    Image Credit: The Hollywood Reporter

  • Cover of Entertainment Weekly 5 of 13
    melissa-EW

    I also adore this cover from Entertainment Weekly. How could I not love a cover that is proclaiming Melissa as the new queen of comedy? AGREED!! A million times AGREED! This is pure comedy fun.

     

    Image Credit: Entertainment Weekly

  • Cover of Ladies Home Journal 6 of 13
    melissa-LHJ

    Melissa on the cover of last spring's Ladies' Home Journal is very sweet. You can tell there has been some smoothing done, but nothing beyond what a typical star would have done. She looks great and approachable.

     

    Image Credit: Ladies' Home Journal

  • Cover of Good Housekeeping 7 of 13
    melissa-GH

    I will give Good Housekeeping mad props for putting more than Melissa's face on their cover. Well done! Sure they have her holding a gift in front of her body, but you can still clearly see her normal shaped body. I remember seeing this at the checkout last holiday season and celebrating.

     

    Image Credit: Good Housekeeping

  • Poster for Bridesmaids 8 of 13
    melissa-Bridesmaids

    I'm sorry, who is this? Melissa is pretty much unrecognizable in this poster for Bridesmaids

     

    Image Credit: Entertainment Weekly

  • Poster for Identity Thief 9 of 13
    melissa-identity-thief

    Identity Thief posters are only of Melissa's face. They capture the character well, and while there are most certainly photoshopped elements, there is nothing that screams out of place here.

     

    Image Credit: IMDB

  • The Heat Poster for UK 10 of 13
    melissa-the-heat-UK

    The UK poster of The Heat is horrible. The proportions for Melissa's head are off, her eye color is wrong, her neck seems to be missing. It was senseless. 

     

    Image Credit: Entertainment Weekly

  • The Heat Poster for US 11 of 13
    melissa-The-Heat-US

    The US version of The Heat poster isn't exactly kittens and rainbows either as far as how Melissa looks. There is obvious touch up action going on around the neck and chin. 

     

    Image Credit: IMDB

  • In front of US Poster at The Heat premiere 12 of 13
    melissa-premiere

    Melissa stands in front of the poster for The Heat at the US premiere. You can see the poster behind her and how very, very off the art is. It really is such a shame because Melissa, as we have shown in the magazine cover slides, photographs great!

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

  • Sandra, Melissa, and Paul 13 of 13
    melissa-sandra-paul-heat

    Everyone is in on the chin-drama! Sandra Bullock has her arm around her new BFF and gives the camera a look as if to say, "do you really think we care about this stuff?!" Melissa does her impression of a chinless actress and director Paul Feig leans in.

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

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