Director Paul Feig Discusses Bridesmaids; Plus a New Trailer
03.16.11 by REELZ
The upcoming comedy Bridesmaids is the first movie to feature Saturday Night Live cast member Kristen Wiig in a leading role, a fact not lost on director Paul Feig. In an interview with The LA Times, Feig explained that he wanted to put Wiig through the "movie-star machine".
I cast her in her first actual movie role, Unaccompanied Minors. I’ve always been a huge fan of hers and kept up with her. I would get frustrated when I’d see her in movies 'cause they’d either use her too much or they would have her play almost dramatic, so they didn’t use her talents. I wanted to take what she’s funniest at, but then have her grounded and really have her go through the movie-star machine. When you get your first vehicle, you have to come into the machine as people know you, doing what they like about you. And then you go through so many moves and three-dimensional dramatic paces that you come out on the other side a fully realized movie star.
Feig acknowledges the "glaze in people’s eyes" when audiences see a movie starring an SNL cast member, but revealed that Bridesmaids, which was written by Wiig and Annie Mumolo, isn't Corky Romano.
Like, usually when an SNL person gets a movie from the old days it’s big and broad and kind of dumb. They’re thinking it’s the "Target lady" sketch. But when audiences would show up for the test screenings, they would engage with her so quickly.
Produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, Funny People), Bridesmaids features an excellent supporting cast that includes Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Melissa McCarthy, and Jon Hamm. Feig described Hamm as a "comedy nerd."
He will quote lines from Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy. You’re quoting something even I can’t quote! He’s always wanted to do comedy. One of the next things I’m developing a project for him to star in. I think he’s so funny. He’s like Cary Grant to me.
There's little of Hamm's performance in the latest trailer, which mixes footage from the first trailer and adds new footage of Wiig as her life falls apart after she agrees to become the Maid of Honor for Rudolph's wedding.