Did You Know There Are Ghosts In The Heat? Paul Feig Reveals All
Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) has been something of a comedic deity since he created the 2000 TV series Freaks and Geeks, which is probably the best series that has ever existed and if you say any differently then I’ll probably ignore you. (Somehow, his Communist concentration camp drama I Am David that he co-wrote and directed doesn’t ever get brought up in the same conversation.) But what you may not be aware of is Feig didn’t get into this business to make movies about awkward kids or direct episodes of The Office. It’s all about fueling research for his ghost obsession.
He appeared on a recent segment of Anatomy of a Scene - as part of the award-noticing “The Onion Master Series” – to discuss a specific scene from his recently released buddy comedy The Heat, which opened last weekend with a strong second place showing. The scene he’s talking about in particular is one in which Sandra Bullock’s character is meeting the family of Melissa McCarthy’s character, but it isn’t the human cast that Feig is interested in talking about. He’s interested in the ghosts captured on film during the shoot, of which there were 10!
Obviously this story isn’t credible journalism, as it comes from The Onion, but it’s such a left field joke that I wonder if fans of The Heat will watch the clip and become utterly perplexed by Feig’s dry humor. Admittedly, even I don’t understand why they chose ghosts as their angle here, but it was pretty hilarious regardless. (Maybe the 3 Men and a Baby urban legend is what inspired this.)
Feig began his career with comedic acting, and has continued to do so in a limited capacity, so he really nails it here, appearing completely blasé about audience reactions to his films, so long as he can focus on “ghosts, ghouls, ghastly goblins” and things of that nature. Not that it’s all fun and games; they lost 3 production assistants due to “ghost madness” while making the film. Also, he gets my vote for the Best Spit Gag so far in 2013.
Get your comedy (or horror) fix by watching the trailer for The Heat below.
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