Spe­cial screen­ing of new Dexys film

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vi­cious cy­cle? So, we hit it pretty hard.” The blue-col­lar, pro­fan­ity-spit­ting, wild­haired, rosy-cheeked tubby trier is a trade­mark and brand that 44-year-old McCarthy has made her own.

Yet for her own pet project she and Fal­cone opted for char­ac­ters that sit out­side of the stan­dard­ised Hol­ly­wood for­mula. Fal­cone de­nies ever at­tempt­ing to make a sub­ver­sive movie. In­stead he and the mis­sus opted for re­al­ism – and funny ac­tors.

“We worked on the script for a long time be­fore we ac­tu­ally got the chance to show it to people and make the movie,” re­calls McCarthy. “And by the time we were ready to show people, we’d had it for years and we knew these people and I felt pro­tec­tive of them.

“So, I think, if some­body wanted a big­ger scene or a big­ger trailer mo­ment, we just knew if that char­ac­ter would do that or not; it doesn’t have to be big­ger or flashier. It just has to stay in the right realm of the story. For me, if you can walk that line of more e ec­cen­tric char­ac­ters, you can push pretty far. But if you stay on the side of re­al­ity, I think it’s al­ways fun­nier.”

Was she ner­vous of hav­ing such big guns – like Kathy Bates – read her script? McCarthy laughs. “I was lit­er­ally com­ing apart at the seams. I was like, ‘I don’t know if she’s ever go­ing to read it but the fact that it’s in her house is mak­ing me have weird break­downs all through­out the day.’ It’s still dreamy to me.”

State­side crit­ics have been luke­warm to Tammy, call­ing it a mis­step and a mis­fire. Maybe it’s an ex­per­i­ment for McCarthy and Fal­cone – a movie that takes her es­tab­lished per­sona and gives it a twist. “One of the things I loved about the char­ac­ter, Tammy, is that kind of con­fi­dence, right or wrong, in her world. I’ve al­ways loved play­ing that.”

Tammy (15) is on sat­u­ra­tion re­lease. THERE will be a spe­cial screen­ing of a new doc­u­men­tary about 80s icons Dexys Mid­night Run­ners. Back in the 80s Dexys saw their num­ber one hits Come on Eileen and Geno turn them into global stars. Dexys Nowhere is Home was filmed dur­ing their re­cent live shows for the One Day I’m Go­ing to Soar al­bum. The live footage is in­ter­spersed with frank in­ter­views with lead singer Kevin Row­land and trom­bon­ist Jim Pater­son.

You can see the film at Vue Cin­e­mas, in­clud­ing at Leeds and Sh­effield on July 21. For de­tails visit www.myvue.com

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