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Melissa McCarthy discusses goofy new comedy

Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy in a scene from the movie Identity Thief.
Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy in a scene from the movie Identity Thief. Guy D'Alema - Contributed by UPI media

HORRIBLE Bosses' Jason Bateman and Bridesmaids' Melissa McCarthy pair up to lead the cast of Identity Thief, an all-star comedy in which a regular guy is forced to extreme measures to clear his name.

With everything to lose after his identity is stolen, he'll find out how crazed you can get trying to settle a bad credit score.

Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Orlando, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy.

There's only one glitch: The ID she's using to finance these sprees reads "Sandy Bigelow Patterson"… and it belongs to an accounts rep (Bateman) who lives halfway across the US in Denver.

Accused of a litany of crimes, the innocent man attempts to defend himself to police that are just as hamstrung and overworked as they are uninterested in his protestations.

Left with just one option, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson must head south to track her down himself.

With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, Sandy hits the road to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life.

And as he attempts to bribe, coax and wrangle her the 2000 miles to Colorado, one easy target will discover just how tough it is to get your name back.

 

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Melissa McCarthy talks about her latest hilarious effort:
What appealed to you about this project?
I was excited to get a call from Jason Bateman and was looking forward to meeting him because I love the movies he has been involved with over the years. I thought we would get along and be friends, which is the goofy thing every fan thinks.

How do you see your character, Diana?
Diana is a slightly crazy character who is really just lonely and running the same cycle over and over again because that is what she has always done.

Was it physically challenging to play Diana at times?
Yes, it was very physically challenging. Both Jason and I had a lot of bruises and some bloody noses along the way, but it was really fun.

Which action sequences were the toughest to shoot?
I think the sequence in Diana's house, when Jason comes and tries to put handcuffs on me, was the toughest to shoot because that house was in Atlanta and the air conditioner was broken. It was hard to focus and think, but we had to spend two or three days fighting.

Did you manage to develop a very effective throat punch?
I can say I have never punched anyone in the throat other than Jason Bateman. Now that I kind of have a taste for it, anything can happen. After all, he did hit me with a guitar, which was a fun improvised moment.

Do you enjoy improvising on set?
I love to improvise if I'm working off of a really well-structured script. I don't like it when you have to find what isn't there or fix it. I prefer when everything is already there and you can change something just to surprise people. Then, it becomes really fun.

Have you ever been the victim of identity theft?
Years ago, somebody managed to drain my entire checking account leaving me with nothing. I couldn't even put gas in my car, pay my bills or get food. I remember being in a bank crying my eyes out and thinking, 'I can't leave without any money'. Somebody had been writing out checks in my name for three days.

Identity Thief opens nationally on April 4.

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