Melissa McCarthy (@melissamccarthy) is an actress, comedian, writer and producer known for movies like Bridesmaids, Tammy, Spy, Ghostbusters, The Boss, Identity Thief and many others. Her husband Ben Falcone (@benfalcone) is an actor, comedian, writer, director. They join Chris Van Vliet to talk about their new Netflix series called “God’s Favorite Idiot”, why they love working together so much, what their first date was like when they met in the 90s and much more!
I think there is so many people who would hate working with their significant other. What’s your secret?
Melissa McCarthy: “It’s my favorite thing. We met doing it and it’s why we became such good friends. We have never not done it, he is my favorite person to work with and we just have a blast. That’s not a bad day in the office.”
Ben when you write this, do you instantly think that Melissa is going to be in this?
Ben Falcone: “Uh, yeah. If you happen to be married to one of the funniest people in the world, it would be silly to not think of them for a role. I wanted her to get to play this rambunctious and kind of rock n’ roll energy, and I think that she did a great job with it. It was really fun to get to work with her as my wife as well as all the other great cast members.”
Melissa McCarthy: “It was such a great group of people. Everyone is so fast and so funny, it was just like a ridiculous good time. Someone would go off on a tangent and everyone would go with them. Everyone was so loose and comedy assassins, it just makes it all great.”
I’ve lost count, is it now 15 times you have appeared on-screen together?
Melissa McCarthy: “Oh gosh I don’t know.”
Ben Falcone: “I would have to Google it.”
Melissa McCarthy: “I would definitely say a few. Specifically I would say more than 5 but less than 50.”
Where did the idea come from to write this?
Ben Falcone: “I wrote a book with a similar title when I was in my 20s. I then put it away in a drawer, and 23 years later I was talking to Melissa and we thought that it would make a funny comedy. Then she said ‘Oh he should work in an IT office. that’s who God would pick.”
Melissa McCarthy: “I still have no idea why I said that, but I said it right away.”
Ben Falcone: “The idea of this unassuming person who is touched by God, and how would people react? Would they be accepting and would the believe it or not? That could be a really dramatic idea, but I wanted to play it for comedy and be respectful to all religions and put some positive ideas out there.”
We see you go on a first date in the TV series. How similar was it to your actual first date?
Ben Falcone: “Well I didn’t glow on our first date.”
Melissa McCarthy: “Well he did to me. Our first date was just after shows, we would go down to The Snake Pit, which is a bar, and those were our first dating moments.”
Check out “God’s Favorite Idiot” on Netflix: http://www.netflix.com/godsfavoriteidiot
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