One of my favorite films from this year’s SXSW was director Paul Feig’s Spy. The potential franchise-starter features Melissa McCarthy as Susan Cooper, a CIA analyst who goes into the field for the very first time after her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid. Loaded with an all-star cast (Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, Peter Serafinowicz, and Morena Baccarin), one of the main reasons Spy is so great is that each supporting character has a moment to shine, and Statham completely knocks it out of the park in his first big studio comedy. During the premiere, the crowd was laughing so loud I missed lines of dialogue between Statham and McCarthy. Trust me, this is a very funny movie that you should definitely see in a theater when it’s released June 5th. For more on Spy, read Perri’s review or watch the trailers.
Last week at CinemaCon I landed an exclusive video interview with Paul Feig and 50 Cent. They talked about working together, Jason Statham, memorable moments from filming, worst jobs, the Play-Doh movie, “Save or Kill,” and more.
Note: Sorry for the bad lighting. The room was very dark. Tried my best to make it work.
Paul Feig and 50 Cent:
- :15 – 50 Cent talks about feeling safe signing on for the film.
- 1:24 – The eclectic cast. 50 Cent talks about working with Jason Statham.
- 3:15 – Does he go by “Fifty” or Curtis?
- 3:40 – What were their worst jobs?
- 4:40 – Memorable moments from filming.
- 6:00 – They play “Save or Kill” with Star Wars vs. Star Trek, Han Solo vs. Indiana Jones, and The Beatles vs. Rolling Stones, featuring an onscreen cameo by Jude Law.
- 7:45 – Feig talks about the Play-Doh movie, which will use Claymation.