Talking Tammy with comedians Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy
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One morning in the late 2000s, actor Ben Falcone told his wife that he’d had an idea. “I want to write a movie where you take a road trip with your grandma,” he said. “And I think she’s an alcoholic.” His wife is Melissa McCarthy, and that idea eventually became Tammy (July 2), the first movie they’ve written and Falcone’s directorial debut.
McCarthy is the down-on-her-luck title character, Susan Sarandon is the grandmother, and there are other big names like Kathy Bates and Toni Collette. McCarthy and Falcone recently hopped on the phone–she from Budapest, where she’s shooting Spy with Bridesmaids helmer Paul Feig; he from L.A.–to talk to TIME.