Susan Sarandon peer pressured into Tammy role

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 June 2014
Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon has confessed she was sceptical about starring as an alcoholic grandmother in 'Tammy' but was pressured by other actors into accepting the role

Susan Sarandon claims she was peer pressured into starring in 'Tammy'.

The 67-year-old actress plays the alcoholic grandmother of 'Bridesmaids' star Melissa McCarthy's character in the comedy, which marks Ben Falcone's directorial debut, and she's confessed she was sceptical about how she'd fit into the project.

She explained: "Ben and Melissa called me and prepared me for the script. I read the script and didn't understand what reality we would be in and so we had another call.

"Then Mark Duplass called me, I didn't even know he was going to be in the movie, it was a conspiracy. He said you have to do this, you have to do this, they're such great people.

"So peer pressure got to me and I thought, I'll jump."

'Tammy' tells the story of a woman - played by McCarthy - who, after losing her job, husband and car in one day, decides to escape from her small town existence, but with no form of transport is forced to take her hard partying grandmother Pearl along for the ride.

The 43-year-old comedienne admits Sarandon was worried she was expecting her to play a traditional grandmother, but insists once they'd clarified that wasn't the case, she was more than happy to join the cast.

McCarthy told Latino Review: "One of the first questions when we were talking on the phone was, 'Are you seeing a little old granny with glasses and a knitted sweater and an up do bun?'

"We were like oh God no she's a raging alcoholic and she sleeps around. Then Susan was like OK we'll be fine."


  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 1h 36min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ben Falcone
  • Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates
  • UK release: 4 July 2014

Alleged comedy about foul-mouthed but kind-hearted Tammy (McCarthy) who gets fired, discovers that her husband is unfaithful and goes on a road trip with her promiscuous, alcoholic grandmother (Sarandon). Co-writers McCarthy and her husband Falcone fail to make Tammy likeable, or the central relationship convincing, and…

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