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“I see it as a com­ing-of-age story for a 35year-old and a 67-year-old,” McCarthy says. “It’s this lit­tle story that I thought could be re­ally funny, but also has heart to it.”

Tammy marks a new di­rec­tion for McCarthy’s ca­reer. De­spite the back­ing of New Line par­ent Warner Bros, Hol­ly­wood’s largest stu­dio, the movie is es­sen­tially a fam­ily af­fair for the star and Fal­cone. They wrote it to­gether, she pro­duced it, and he di­rected it, in his first time be­hind the cam­era.

“It was clear from the first draft this was a more per­sonal movie for them, almost like an in­die, so every­body rolled up their sleeves to make it for a price,” Em­merich says.

Although also a com­edy, Tammy is a de­par­ture from The Heat and Iden­tity Thief, which fea­tured Bul­lock and Ja­son Bate­man, re­spect-

Brides­maids, ively, as the uptight ego to McCarthy’s un­bri­dled id. That prompted New Line to bud­get the new movie at a mod­est $US20m. ($23m) And be­cause McCarthy and Fal­cone had cre­ative au­ton­omy, the star — who can com­mand close to $US10m a role — took a smaller up­front salary in ex­change for a larger-than-nor­mal cut of the film’s pro­ceeds, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the deal.

McCarthy is con­tin­u­ing to act in other movies, in­clud­ing the re­cently wrapped com­edy Spy by Paul Feig, the di­rec­tor of Brides­maids and The Heat. She also has a sup­port­ing role in the in­de­pen­dent film St Vincent, which pre­miered in the US last week. McCarthy plans to part­ner again soon with her hus­band. Next year he will di­rect her in the com­edy Michelle Dar­nell, which the cou­ple wrote with a friend and are pro­duc­ing. McCarthy and Fal­cone also are pro­duc­ing Just Do It, based on a book about a mar­ried cou­ple who have sex for 101 straight days. McCarthy plans to star in the film.

McCarthy says she is most com­fort­able when she is in con­trol. “I am in­cred­i­bly de­tai­lo­ri­ented and like to be in on ev­ery decision,” she says. “I don’t know if it makes me sound ma­ni­a­cal, but I love it.”

Fal­cone took the di­rec­tor credit in large part by de­fault. The direc­tors New Line ini­tially pur­sued dropped out for var­i­ous rea­sons and be­tween do­ing Mike & Molly and two to three movies a year, McCarthy didn’t have time for di­rec­to­rial such as lo­ca­tion scout­ing and post­pro­duc­tion.

“We def­i­nitely made it to­gether, but I did more of the roles at­trib­uted to a di­rec­tor be­cause her sched­ule pre­vented it and she’s in ev­ery frame of the movie,” Fal­cone says. “I could sift through 50 ques­tions, an­swer most of them, and then come up to her as the ac­tor-pro­ducer and make sure we agree on the most im­por­tant two.”

See­ing her­self front, cen­tre and alone in ev­ery poster and bill­board for Tammy is a lit­tle scary, McCarthy says, be­cause she feels re­spon­si­ble for its fate: “I’m more ner­vous about this one.” She also is try­ing to shed the “mus­cle mem­ory”, built up over 20 years as a some­what suc­cess­ful ac­tress, that her ca­reer should be a strug­gle and no more roles will come her way.

Un­til that hap­pens, McCarthy seems less in­tent on craft­ing a ca­reer than tak­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to forge her own path while she can.

“I have no goal,” she says. “I can only think of my­self as an au­di­ence mem­ber and I know that if I re­ally love how some­one did some­thing, it doesn’t mean I want to see them do it 15 times.”

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