Paul Feig had to have Bullock and McCarthy

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 July 2013
Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in The Heat

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy

'The Heat' director Paul Feig reveals that casting Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in his hit comedy was "all or nothing"

'The Heat' director Paul Feig says casting Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy was "all or nothing".

The filmmaker - who previously helmed hit female comedy 'Bridesmaids' - insists he didn't want any other actresses to star in his new female cop comedy and was determined that they be cast in the lead roles.

He explained to "For me it was always them or nothing. When the script came to me I was told that Sandra was interested, so I was like, 'Awesome', because I wanted to work with her. And then Melissa and I had been trying to figure out something to do for a long time and the minute I read it, I was like, 'This is so great for her.'

"There was a moment where scheduling looked like it might not work out for either one of them and so the studio was like, 'Well, who else?' Honestly, there's plenty of women I love who I want to work with, but I was like, 'I don't know.' These two, for some reason... this combo feels like gold to me, and so we pushed it through."

'The Heat' stars Bullock as straight-laced FBI agent Sarah Ashburn who is forced to team up with McCarthy's foul-mouthed police detective Shannon Mullins.

The comedy flick has been a huge success at the US box office, where it opened to $40 million last weekend, beating Channing Tatum's new movie 'White House Down'.

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