“Bridesmaids” actress Melissa McCarthy fields insults well – it’s part of her comedy persona. But this time the “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig has leaped to slam critic Rex Reed for his nasty comments and for calling the actress a “female hippo” in his movie critique, reports the Inquisitr on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Oddly enough, it isn’t Melissa McCarthy’s Oscar-nominated role in “Bridesmaid” Reed attacked, but her new effort opposite Jason Bateman in “Identity Thief.”
“For his catty and school bully name-calling of the supremely talented Melissa McCarthy,” tweeted director Paul Feig, “I cordially invite Mr. Rex Reed to …” The rest of the tweet would be censored, if Feig had not censored himself with a pair of asterisks. A director slam of a critic is unusual, to say the least, but so is such a personal attack on an actress.
The full spectrum of Rex Reed’s insults, to both McCarthy’s size and her acting style, can be seen and heard on video. Rex Reed has been a movie critic for years, and he certainly knows how to trash a movie without getting so personal. The thing is he tried to boost Jason Bateman’s role at the expense of Melissa McCarthy.
And even more ironic, Jason Bateman was instrumental in helping Melissa McCarthy to get the second role as his co-star. “I, just like everyone else who saw Bridesmaids, was just blown away by her,” he recently said.
Meanwhile, Paul Feig’s remarks are spreading across the Web. Any publicity helps a movie, so perhaps everyone involved – except Rex Reed – can take this as a positive.