Women can take the heat

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

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

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