When Kathy Bates got hired for Harry’s Law, I wrote a post with the headline “Role Written for a Man Goes to a Plus-Size Woman.” I thought of that headline immediately when I read that Jason Bateman, in his upcoming film ID Theft, pushed for the role of his co-star to be rewritten so he could act opposite Melissa McCarthy.
The premise was originally for a guy who gets his identity stolen by another guy, and it was written for Bateman and another actor. That changed after Bateman saw McCarthy’s scene stealing role in the summer hit Universal comedy Bridesmaids and he pushed for her to be the identity thief.
I have no desire at all to see The Change-Up, which stars Bateman opposite Ryan Reynolds. But McCarthy as an identity thief? This I totally want to see.
Via Monkey See.
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