Paul Feig has developed quite a track record for working with Melissa McCarthy, who broke out in the director's 2011 "Bridesmaids." Their latest comedy, "Spy," triumphed at the box office this weekend, and they've got a little something called "Ghostbusters" on the horizon. But Feig would love to find some time to make a "Spy" sequel, if that's all right.
When you're approaching a spy movie comedy, how do you figure out the right tone to make it not a complete spoof?
For me, it's all about tone. I enjoy watching parody, but I don't want to make parody and I don't want to make satire and I don't want to make spoofs just because there's nothing to latch onto. I just really faced plotting this like a drama, like a spy movie that I would want to see — but with a story that wasn't so complicated that it wouldn't have room for the comedy interactions that I like. But it's important for me that it's violent and dangerous. If you don't feel that your lead character is in peril, it's hard to engage. I just want to make sure that even at its most extreme comedy moments, it makes sense, where you don't go, "Well that's just dumb."
You have a great track record with Melissa McCarthy, but the lesson I keep learning is that Rose Byrne is going to steal any scene she's in.
Isn't she awesome? This is my favorite role that she's ever done. She's the best. She's such a chameleon, too. This role was originally written for a 19-year-old bratty rich girl. She kind of tried that version, but it wasn't quite right, so we played with accents and this cold English accent came out. And then that with her being mean to Melissa in a way where she didn't think she was being mean, that was really funny. There's kind of nothing she can't do.