Melissa McCarthy Says Her Sean Spicer Impression Boils Down to One Special Anatomical Thing

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Alec Baldwin has the Trumpian “puffs,” and now Melissa McCarthy has the Spicey … organs? McCarthy has been delighting the late-night circuit with her convincing impersonation of Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live, but, in expanding on the impression’s origin story on Ellen this week, she was candid about how she was initially unsure that she could pull off the role. “What?! How am I gonna do that?” she recalls her reaction as being when pitched the idea. “Cut to somebody being like ‘Boy, do you really look like that guy.’ I was like, wait a minute.” But in the end, McCarthy says that the secret to thriving in the role is one thing and one thing only: Those signature Spicey ears. “You mess with your ears, and it really changes the shape of your head,” she explained. “And then I got into it. I was like, ‘Can I have eye bags?’ And the answer was yes.” Like Spicer’s infamous gum-chewing habit, the more really is the merrier, it seems.

Melissa McCarthy Explains Why Her Sean Spicer Is So Good