Bridesmaids Director Paul Feig On Kristin Wiig, Jon Hamm And His Innate Lady-Centricity

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The second Bridesmaids trailer just dropped, and OH, but it looks good. When we debate such questions as what defines a male- vs. female-oriented comedy, we often lose sight of the fact that there are many things that are universally pleasing to the laughter center in every human brain. As such, I’m looking forward to collective food poisoning, a child eating birth control pills and what appears to be Kristin Wiig getting tackled on a plane to Vegas. Flawless.

Bridesmaids director and Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig, however, definitely feels that he’s meant to create for the female viewer, as Feig explained before the Bridesmaids midnight premiere at SXSW. “I’ve always wanted to do female-oriented entertainment. I’ve always related to women more than guys…I watched a ton of romantic comedies,” Feig said. “The ones that are done well like Annie Hall and When Harry Met Sally, I love those movies. But so many of them are so terrible, and so overwritten.” Feig praises star Wiig, saying “I would get frustrated when I’d see her in movies ‘cause they’d either use her too much or they would have her play almost dramatic, so they didn’t use her talents.” Using her too much? Hmm, looks like it’s a really easy trap to fall into.

In case you weren’t sure (but your pants were! Eh? Come on!) Bridesmaids co-star Jon Hamm is, as we’ve all heard, a king among men. Says Feig, “He is such a comedy nerd. He will quote lines from Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy. You’re quoting something even I can’t quote! He’s always wanted to do comedy. One of the next things I’m developing a project for him to star in. I think he’s so funny. He’s like Cary Grant to me.” Sure, if Cary Grant ever let Kristen Wiig blow sweaty food-poisoning chunks in his lap. If Cary’d ever gotten the chance to watch this trailer, we’d like to think that he might.