Judd Apatow Discusses the Success of Bridesmaids
05.18.11 by Ryan
Director Paul Feig's comedy Bridesmaids opened last weekend and performed better than expected, landing at #2 at the box office. Bridesmaids was produced by 40 Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up director Judd Apatow, who told MTV that he was pleased with the box office result.
I always hoped that there was this huge neglected audience out there hoping someone would start making movies for them. I am so excited I was not imagining things. Hopefully this will lead to a lot more movies being made starring funny women.
Bridesmaids stars Saturday Night Live's Kristen Wiig (who
co-wrote the screenplay) as a woman whose life crumbles when she is picked to be the Maid of Honor for her best friend's (Maya Rudolph) wedding. The cast is also a big reason for Bridesmaids success, Apatow admitted, saying that audiences enjoy discovering "new hilarious comedy stars."
Among those "stars" are Melissa McCarthy and Ellie Kemper, both of whom got their first break on TV shows (Mike and Molly and The Office, respectively). McCarthy has already pitched a Stanley-Cup stealing comedy to Paramount Pictures along with Bridesmaids co-screenwriter Annie Mumolo that would serve as a vehicle for the actress, and Apatow says that the rest of the cast should also get their own movies.
I think they all deserve to star in their own movies. It is usually a dearth of scripts which hold great actresses back. Hopefully the studios will develop more movies for them. As will I.
As for why Bridesmaids enjoyed such success, Apatow has a theory. "The only thing we like to do is come up with emotional stories we like, then try to figure out how to make them funny," the director said, adding that "I think people appreciate the fact that it is crazy funny, but is also a very sweet story about female friendship."