Melissa McCarthy hasn’t said anything about critic Rex Reed’s scathing review of her film “Identity Thief”–which was actually more a review of her body–until now.
The “Bridesmaids” actress says she feels sorry for someone who is obviously so unhappy.
“I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate,” she said in a recent interview. “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.”
Reed slammed McCarthy on everything from her acting to her weight to her looks and drew quite a bit of backlash onto himself in the process.
“Melissa McCarthy is a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success,” Reed wrote. “Poor Jason Bateman. How did an actor so charming, talented, attractive and versatile get stuck in so much dreck?”
McCarthy says she was trying to ignore the hate for the sake of her kids, for whom she wants to set a positive example. She got quite a few good reviews, as well, which probably helped a bit.
“Though the actress often uses her plus size as a punch line in the movie, it serves even better for her character’s emotional arc,” LA Times’ Betsy Sharkey wrote. “Like John Candy in ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles,’ [her character is] the outsider looking with envy at everyone else’s happily ever afters, and McCarthy is masterful at telegraphing that pain.”
McCarthy is moving on with her life, although the UK poster for her new film, “Heat”, is drawing criticism now for the obvious photoshop job someone did on her face to slim it down. The actress hasn’t commented on the poster, but she has said that doing the movie led her to new best friend, Sandra Bullock.
“Having kids connected us on a deeper level,” Bullock said. “And the things we’re obsessed with outside of being a mom are the same, too: construction and house renovation…. We’re kindred spirits in that world. If we had a beer den, with Barcaloungers—but our version of that—it’d be great.”