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Unless there is an emergency of some sort, the only time someone should bring their child to work is if the job is leisurely and relatively unpopulated - so that everyone involved is pleased on some level. Common sense tells us that it's a bad idea to bring a child is the set of a Hollywood movie. But not everyone uses common sense.
One woman learned it the hard way recently on the set of Tammy, the upcoming comedy directed by Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy. The woman was an extra on the film, and brought her kid to a day-long shoot at a lake in Wilmington, NC. A teenager would be one thing, but her child was approximately 4-5 years of age, according to TMZ, the Holy Grail of journalism. Apparently the woman was having trouble getting the child to stay quiet for much of the morning, and she was seen and heard constantly in discipline mode, telling the kid to “stop it” and quiet down. By stop it, did she mean stop having the inhibitions of a 4-5 year old kid?
The situation became an issue when McCarthy caught the mother jerking the child in the air by the wrist. Unsurprisingly, McCarthy fired the woman and had production assistants take the woman off the premises, the actress saying she wouldn’t tolerate abuse on her set.
Tammy tells the story of a woman (McCarthy) who takes to the highways with her rough-around-the-edges grandmother (Susan Sarandon) after finding out her husband has cheated on her and that she has lost her job. The film also stars Kathy Bates, Mark Duplass, Dan Aykroyd and Allison Janney. The film is set for a July 2, 2014 release. When you see that one scene that looks like it could have needed one more extra, remember this story.