Melissa McCarthy Basically Steals Bill Murray's New Movie

September 6, 2014 1:06 PM

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Melissa McCarthy Basically Steals Bill Murray's New Movie

Director Ted Melfi expended loads of energy while trying to get Bill Murray to star in "St. Vincent." That part of the "St. Vincent" narrative will receive a lot of coverage in the next few months, and it has already been the focal point of features posted by USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and As the story goes, however, once Murray got involved, the rest of the cast -- including Chris O'Dowd and Naomi Watts -- fell into place. For Melfi, that might be the biggest beneficiary of getting Bill Murray to star in his debut feature film. Without him, Melfi would have never had Melissa McCarthy.

McCarthy has been praised for a number of her roles over the last four years. She's an Oscar nominee for "Bridesmaids." She's won an Emmy. She was even good in the more dramatic second half of "Tammy." But "St. Vincent" might be her best, most effortless performance to date. She plays Maggie in the ...

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