She plays the queen bee in the new film The Boss, so it’s no surprise that Melissa McCarthy feels comfortable sharing her opinions with moviegoers, especially when it comes to the issue of talking and texting in movie theatres. The star is so passionate about the subject she filmed a special PSA, in which she politely urges people to turn off their phones.
In the video, Melissa takes a break from pumping iron with two very fit men to address the issue, saying, “I’m exercising and working out my body again because my body is my holy temple and much like every holy temple I treat it with respect.” And after advising viewers that some people consider movie theatres to be sacred, the funny lady asks, “You wouldn’t come into a holy temple and text or make calls would you?”
The hilariously informative video was released ahead of the Apr. 8. release of Melissa’s latest comedy blockbuster. In the film, the actress plays a business tycoon who after serving time for insider trading returns to her community to right some wrongs and rebrand her image. Melissa’s husband Ben Falcone directed The Boss, which also stars Kristen Bell and Peter Dinklage.
Melissa and Ben made the movie an even bigger family affair by giving their daughters small parts. While six-year-old Georgia has a minor speaking role, the couple’s older daughter Vivian pleaded for a bigger role. "We were very hesitant to cast her,” the mother of two told Bust magazine, adding that her daughter was very persistent. "She knew there were kids in this movie… and asked 'Am I not allowed to at least try?' I said, 'Yes, yes, you are of course allowed to try.'"
The young thespian took her job so seriously she refused to break character, reveals Melissa. "Ben was trying to joke around with her on the way to set. But she said something to the effect of, ‘Do you mind if we joke around after I’m done? I think [my character] is probably pretty upset right now and when you make me laugh I don’t feel like her.’"