Director Paul Feig is defending actress Melissa McCarthy, after film critic Rex Reed called her “tractor-sized” and a “hippo” in his scathing review of “Identity Thief.” According to a Feb. 9 report from Digital Spy, Feig, who directed McCarthy in “Bridesmaids,” took to Twitter on Friday morning to tell the New York Observer film critic to “go f**k himself.”
“For his catty and school bully name-calling of the supremely talented Melissa McCarthy, I cordially invite Mr. Rex Reed to go f**k himself,” Feig tweeted.
Reed also called McCarthy a “gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.”
McCarthy received an Oscar nomination for her role in “Bridesmaids,” in which she played the raunchy, future sister-in-law, Megan. She has yet to respond to Reed’s comments.
“Identity Thief,” which also stars Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”), earned $11.2 million on its opening day and is looking to lead the weekend box office, according to Box Office Mojo. However, the film isn’t faring well with critics, earning only a 24% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But those reviews are not as harsh as Reed’s review, which can be read here.