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Sunday 25 January 2015

Throat punches tough for McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy stars in Identity Thief
Melissa McCarthy stars in Identity Thief

Melissa McCarthy has revealed that throwing punches isn't as easy as it looks.

The Bridesmaids funnywoman admitted giving Jason Bateman a sharp jab in the throat in Identity Thief took some work to make it look right on screen.

"It was actually really nerve-racking. That was the worst part of all the physical stuff we did, because you have to get so close, and you have to line it up," said the actress.

The 42-year-old added: "There were a lot of takes, moving it slightly and getting it just right for the cameras. I've probably hit Jason in the throat 732 times. Every time they told me, if you don't hit hard enough, if you don't snap, it won't look real. I was essentially just throwing a punch and grazing his neck."

Her co-star Jason added: "And then I have to take it, and if I move towards it, then I'm killing myself. Acting is so difficult. I hate to sound like we're solving brain cancer but it was tough on us."

Melissa, whose character Diana steals the identity of family man Sandy Bigelow Patterson (Jason), admitted she has been itching to show off her moves.

"I've been trying to get a throat punch in a film forever, and I asked, 'What if I hit someone in the throat?' For the first time, everyone said they loved it," she said.

The 42-year-old, who does most of her own stunts, was forbidden from getting hit by a car.

"At one moment, I thought, 'I should hop up on that car and get hit', and Jason made a face and said, 'No'. I always think I could do things like that, but he and Seth (Gordon, director), were like 'What?!'," she recalled.

:: Identity Thief is in cinemas now.

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