Coming hot on the heels of 2011’s Oscar-nominated “Bridesmaids” is director Paul Feig’s next film, “The Heat.”
Alongside leading actresses Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, the crime comedy features the improv duo of Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo. The two play family members of Melissa McCarthy’s character, Detective Shannon Mullins. Their characters, Gina and Beth Mullins, are loudmouthed jerks from Boston that do not get along well with the leading ladies of the film.
Jessica and Jamie recently paid visit to Atlanta as Gina and Beth to discuss what it was like being in the film. They were quick to point out that Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy got the opportunity to be in a film with Gina and Beth; not the other way around.
“I was excited for them because they don’t get to meet awesome people like us,” Gina said. “We’re regular people, except better looking, more famous and less important.”
Gina and Beth developed a strong relationship with Bullock and McCarthy while filming, and they will surely be working together in the future. Beth said she would be surprised if they go anywhere without them.
“They do these joke restraining orders against us. Like: ‘we worked with those girls, but we don’t want to see them anymore.’We’re such friends now, ” Beth said.
The ladies were a perfect fit for a film with such heavy profanity. When asked if it was challenging working with McCarthy’s foul-mouthed character, Gina pointed out that it was the exact opposite of a challenge.
“My first baby word was the F-word and the same for all my kids. Now, if everyone on the film had been speaking Puerto Rican, I would have been like: ‘I don’t understand, ’” Gina said.
“The Heat” is the first film Gina and Beth have done, so seeing themselves on the silver screen was a surreal experience for the two.
“I was just waiting for me and Beth to come on, and when we did, I was living in the reflective glow that we were even in the movie,” Gina said.
Gina and Beth were brought on to the project because of all the excellent work they have done playing “themselves” in the past. From “The Real Housewives of South Boston” to Funny or Die’s “MA Men,” Gina and Beth are no strangers to playing obnoxious Bostonian women. Director Paul Feig found these two to be the perfect fit for the role.
“He wanted people from Boston and had seen our videos. He was like: ‘Those idiots can do it,’ and we were like: ‘We are those idiots,’” Beth said.
“The Heat” will be an excellent and unique addition to the buddy cop comedy genre. Gina and Beth’s snarky attitudes play well off of Bullock and McCarthy’s characters throughout.
“I don’t really know too much about the story or what happens, but I’m pretty sure that it was an awesome film,” Gina said.
Look for “The Heat” in theaters June 28.