Women can take the heat
SANDRA Bullock says if The Heat does its job, you might need a change of clothes.
Bullock says the box office success of The Heat is probably thanks to its writing and cast, including Bridesmaids’ Melissa McCarthy.
‘‘They all do hilarious things that make you wet yourself, which is the goal when you’re making comedy, to make the audience wet themselves,’’ she says.
‘‘I just think it’s people willing to make asses of themselves and humiliate themselves for your pleasure. ‘‘I think that might be what it is.’’ The Heat earned $US40 million ($A43.52 million) in its opening weekend in the US – a personal best for both Bullock and McCarthy, and easily beating Bridesmaids’ $28 million debut.
Bullock says The Heat will hopefully be the next film to help women in their fight to be considered funny.
‘‘We’re always sort of relegated to the wife or the girlfriend or the object of affection which doesn’t allow for a lot of good comedies,’’ she says.
In the four years since Bullock last made a comedy, to be a mum to three-year-old son Louis, she’s seeing things change little by little.
‘‘So hopefully ones like Bridesmaids and this film will allow all the great comediennes to do their stuff and be a little broader than we normally are allowed to be.’’
The Heat is in cinemas.
Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy