Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone Call 'The Boss' a Family Affair at Film's Premiere
"I think we’re really aware of how amazing it is that we get to go to work with each other and our friends," McCarthy told THR of teaming with her husband on the new Universal Pictures comedy.
Melissa McCarthy’s new comedy The Boss premiered Monday night at the Regency Village Theater in Westwood. In addition to playing the main character, McCarthy also served as one of the film’s executive producers alongside husband and director Ben Falcone — an experience she doesn't take for granted.
“The best part is we get to stay together," McCarthy told The Hollywood Reporter at the premiere. "We move like a crazy circus all over the country and we kind of wouldn’t have it any other way. The fact that we get to stay together and that it is a family business, and I get to go to work every day and write with [Falcone] or shoot with him and so many of our friends in the movie — it couldn’t be any better.”
Though McCarthy and Falcone have previously collaborated on many films together, including 2014's Tammy, The Boss marks the second time the two have paired up together as producers.
The comedy centers around finance mogul Michelle Darnell (McCarthy), who is sent to prison for insider trading and upon release has no one to turn to besides former assistant and single mom Claire (Kristen Bell). After gaining inspiration from Claire’s daughter Rachel (played by newcomer Ella Anderson), Darnell sets out to create a Girl Scout empire to regain success and reestablish herself in society.
When asked who "the boss" of their own home is, McCarthy and Falcone both agreed that their children are the heads of the household.
"The little one, our 5-year-old, for sure — she runs our house like a beautiful corporation," Falcone joked.
The Boss also stars Peter Dinklage, Kathy Bates and Cecily Strong. McCarthy and Falcone’s two daughters also have parts in the pic.
“It’s truly a dream come true, not to sound like a cliché,” Falcone said of making the film a family affair.
McCarthy added, “I think we’re really aware of how amazing it is that we get to go to work with each other and our friends."
Stars in attendance on the red carpet included Bell and husband Dax Shepard, as well as McCarthy’s former Gilmore Girls co-star and close friend Yanic Truesdale, who touched upon the highly anticipated Netflix revival of the TV series.
"It’s going to be amazing, I love these people. I’ve stayed in touch with [Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham] all these years, so it’s really great reconnecting with a friend and a character that I’ve always loved," said Truesdale.
McCarthy, who played Graham’s best friend Sookie St. James on the show for seven seasons, will not be participating in the revival. In a tweet earlier this year, McCarthy stated that she was not asked back to reprise her role but wishes them all the best.
Following the screening of The Boss, which garnered many laughs and positive feedback from the audience throughout, the pic’s afterparty took place at the Hammer Museum, where stars and industry folk mingled around a colorfully lit outdoor patio in celebration of the movie.
Among those in attendance was the film’s screenwriter Steve Mallory, who is a close family friend of McCarthy and Falcone.
“I’ve known them for 15 to 16 years, our kids are best friends, they go to school together, and you would think the last thing you want to do with your best friend is to go and make a movie with them — and it was awesome,” he said. “Ben is a great director, he is so good and patient and comfortable and great at making decisions. It’s awesome to see a friend be great at something and be a part of it."
Mallory’s next project is another McCarthy/Falcone production collaboration, a pilot for a new TV show on Comedy Central.
The Boss hits theaters nationwide on April 8.