Tammy, the new comedy out in theaters today, has been in development for quite a long while now. First announced shortly after the release of Bridesmaids and based on a script penned by Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone, the film bounced around for a while, ending up in the hands of a couple of directors, until finally Falcone stood up and decided to direct the film himself. It’s been a long wild ride through the production of Tammy, and the filmmaker was eager to tell me all about it recently when we sat down for a one-on-one interview.
Meeting as part of a press day held in Los Angeles, Falcone and I had a great conversation talking about the ridiculous and funny journey behind the making of Tammy, his directorial debut. Read on to find out what he had to say!
Making A Cameo And Getting A Face-full Of Ketchup PacketsBeing an actor himself, it was only natural that Ben Falcone would find some kind of role for himself in Tammy, but his choice is certainly an interesting one. Appearing early in the film, Falcone plays Keith, the manager of the fast food restaurant where the titular character works, and has the lovely job of firing Tammy for her constant tardiness. Because Tammy is rather upset about this situation, she throws a massive hissy fit, with Keith being the direct target of her bad behavior. So why would Falcone put himself in a position to be abused so harshly by his wife on screen?
"It keeps a marriage smooth," Falcone said, laughing. "If your wife gets to throw ketchup at your face for a long time, then she’s like, ‘I love you’ at night."
Further discussing the part, the co-writer/director explained that what he was going for with the character was to create the amalgam of every single terrible boss he had ever had and form what he calls the "uberboss." In addition to being funny, this was also on some level an opportunity to allow Melissa McCarthy to vent against her own idea of that employer. They had so much fun playing out the scene, in fact, that there is nearly half an hour of footage somewhere out in the world.
"There’s a version of Tammy and Keith that is like 30 minutes long," Falcone told me. "There was just a lot of stuff about how we used to be closer and that I had a bunch of sangria at a party and said the wrong thing. But I wanted to be just that insecure, creepy jerk. And it was fun, and Melissa then got to live out that fantasy of getting to say all of the things you’ve wanted to say to your worst boss. So it was great."