If you have seen The Heat, Bridesmaids, or Identity Thief, you may feel that Melissa McCarthy is a hilarious actress. Well, get ready to see her in the Ghostbusters reboot. She’s one of the chosen ones. But why did the casting directors choose her over many other candidates? To help you out, here are five possible reasons.
Melissa McCarthy Has A “Go For It” Personality
Rarely, Melissa takes on a role where she’s not exactly allowed to be herself. The all-female Ghostbusters cast will give the movie a refreshing humor with McCarthy on the team. In a movie about paranormal activity, bravery is an asset the team can’t lack. Well, not to say that she has “bravery.” However, she will leap out there and think about it later. That’s the “go for it” they may have been looking for.
Melissa McCarthy Seems To Have No Need For Confidence Boosters
Though her roles tend to be typecast as characters with self-esteem issues, Melissa is actually pretty confident. Regardless of if it’s about her acting, her goals, or even her size, McCarthy knows exactly who she is and is comfortably satisfied.
In an interview with People Magazine, she was asked about her size. She responded as follows.
“I’ve never felt like I needed to change. I’ve always thought: ‘If you want somebody different, pick somebody else.'”
If that isn’t confidence, what is? That’s a quote that says: “I’m simply unbothered.” For the movie, McCarthy could surely show the apparitions her confidence levels as she sucks them into the vacuum.
Melissa McCarthy Brings A Certain Level Of Sass And Sarcasm
What ghost wouldn’t want to be demeaned and belittled before being confined to a vacuum tube? Come on. Melissa has a way of showing you all of your stupidity before correcting you in a humorously, non-conventional way. Some people say that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. However, one could beg to differ. You have to be intelligent enough to know what’s correct or standardized, at the least. McCarthy exhibits that with ease, it seems. Even in St. Vincent, as sarcastic as Bill Murray can be, McCarthy held her own and accompanied his in a balance.
Melissa McCarthy Has A “Take It Or Leave It” Attitude
Simply, Melissa is who she is and, because of this, brings an element to the roles that only she can bring. For example, McCarthy demonstrated this in her character, in the The Heat. Surely, the casting directors know this information and are willing to go with it. They know she can and does deliver, many times exceeding expectation and improvisation. Possibly, they can sit back and just allow “McCarthy” to happen.
Melissa McCarthy Is A Professional On- And Off-Screen
Since the advent of her career, Melissa has been an actress under scrutiny of spectators. In a review of her work by Rex Reed, in 2013, he said some pretty offensive things about McCarthy.
“Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) 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?”
That was actually published in the New York Observer. After a period of silence and unresponsiveness, even McCarthy had to ask: “Why would someone O.K. that?”
Upon response to the New York Times, Melissa McCarthy states:
“I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought, that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs.”
Afterwards, she reflects further and states that, if it were her at 20-years-old, it would have crushed her. However, since she’s in a mature position such as hers, she knows, “That doesn’t reflect on me.”
So, with these possible reasons, do you feel that Melissa McCarthy is rightly chosen as one of the Ghostbusters? What are your thoughts?
[Feature Image via NBC]