Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA – Paul Feig, the director of Bridesmaids, slammed a critic back for his insult to Melissa McCarthy.
Paul Feig, who directed Oscar–nominated Melissa McCarthy, an actress from the 2011 hit comedy tweeted on Friday to slam Rex Reed’s venomous comments. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Rex Reed called Melissa McCarthy “obnoxious,” “tractor-sized” and a “female hippo.”
Reviewing Melissa McCarthy’s latest film Identity Thief, Digital Spy reports that critic Rex Reed wrote:
“Melissa McCarthy is a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success. Poor Jason Bateman. How did an actor so charming, talented, attractive and versatile get stuck in so much dreck?”
Paul Feig tweeted, referencing Rex Reed’s shockingly harsh review of “Identity Thief”:
“For his catty and school bully name-calling of the supremely talented Melissa McCarthy, I cordially invite Mr. Rex Reed to go f**k himself.”
Paul Feig’s Twitter entry was retweeted nearly 1,000 times and earned myriad supportive comments from his followers, including “Grey’s Anatomy” showrunner Shonda Rhimes, who replied:
“Best. Tweet. Ever.”
Jason Bateman recently told Access Hollywood that he had specifically wanted Melissa McCarthy as his co-star in “Identity Thief” despite the part being written for a man:
“I, just like everyone else who saw Bridesmaids, was just blown away by her and wanted to work with her immediately and the project that I had in front of me at the time was for two guys. It made sense to maybe change the thief into a woman and [I] talked to people who we we’re making it with [to see] if they’d be on board with that and they were very excited.”
Way to go, Paul Feig, for slamming the critic back on Twitter over his insult to Melissa McCarthy.
So what would you do if someone slammed you in a review?
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— Nikki Finke (@NikkiFinke) February 9, 2013