Melissa McCarthy says film boss was so brutal it made her ‘physically ill’: ‘My eyes were swelling up!’
Melissa McCarthy was made “physically ill” by a brutal film boss.
‘The Little Mermaid’ actress, 52, said she soaked up so much “nastiness” on the set of a movie she didn’t name her eyes swelled up and colleagues wept.
Melissa, who runs a production company with her actor husband of 18 years Ben Falcone, 49, told The Observer when asked if she had ever come up against huge egos in the entertainment business: “I did work for someone once who ran such a volatile, hostile set that it made me physically ill. My eyes were swelling up, I was absorbing all of this nuttiness.
“There were people weeping, visibly so upset by this one person. And I think that’s why the manipulation worked, because to get to me, this person would fire people I loved, which kept me quiet.”
Melissa added about how she shut down the nastiness: “It was very effective. Then one day, I was like, ‘It stops today!’
“I just kept saying to them, it stops, it stops. And I know now I’ll never keep quiet again.”
Melissa added before she and husband Ben, with whom she has children Vivian, 16, and Georgette, 13, they perform a “crazy check” on them to see if they are nice.
She said about how they “demand” kindness: “You know, we were so astounded and grateful at getting to build our own little worlds, we were like, ‘We have to build the one we’ve always talked about, where everybody gets to have an opinion and everyone is really nice. It’s going to run a lot better with no screamers or crazy egos bumbling around. Why would we risk destroying that?’”
Melissa said she is so fixated on a need for compassion she wants to scream niceties at strangers.
She added: “Actually, I would not mind spending a day on the street corner just randomly complimenting people, really loudly.
“‘You have terrific pants on,’ or ‘I love your fringe!’ I’m going to have to do it, aren’t I?”