Special screening of new Dexys film
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