Tammy, the feature directorial debut of Ben Falcone, follows Tammy Banks (Melissa McCarthy), a woman on the edge who has lost her job, her husband and her car, all in one day. She wants out of her small town existence, but with no money or transportation, the only way to do that is with her hard-partying grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), who leads them into a string of misadventures that neither of them will soon forget. The film also stars Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates, Sandra Oh, Toni Collette and Nat Faxon.
During a conference at the film’s press day, real-life husband and wife Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone talked about their dream of telling this story together, the idea coming from a dream, how growing up in Illinois has informed their comedy, getting this talented cast involved, giving mouth-to-mouth to a deer, what their own road trips are like, whether Pearl is anything like their own grandmothers, and the physical comedy. Check out what they had to say after the jump.