How This New Kid On The Block Member Wound Up In 'The Heat'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The $40 million earned by "The Heat" during its opening weekend wasn't just a victory for funny women -- the financial windfall also represented a win for Boston. Only last summer's "Ted" had a bigger debut among movies set in the Massachusetts state capital.
To think it almost didn't happen. Written by Katie Dippold, "The Heat" was originally set in New York, but the production moved to Massachusetts for tax reasons.
"I was like, 'Let's set it in Boston and have fun with that,'" director Paul Feig told HuffPost Entertainment. For Feig, that meant putting a specific focus on the family of Boston cop Shannon Mullins (played by Melissa McCarthy).
"That was one of the funniest elements of Katie's script," Feig said. "When I was reading it, I felt all I could do was fuck it up by not casting it right. I was really kind of tense about how to do it."
Feig's tension lessened when Massachusetts native Bill Burr was brought in to play one of McCarthy's onscreen brothers. "
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