Watch Melissa McCarthy's 'Identity Thief' Stunts
By DAVID WEINER
January 24, 2013
Melissa McCarthy has stolen Jason Bateman's identity and abuses it to the limit in the new comedy Identity Thief, and we have an exclusive look behind the scenes, where McCarthy does double duty as a stuntwoman!
McCarthy's part was originally written for a man, but then Bateman (who is also one of the producers) saw Bridesmaids and knew she was perfect for the film. McCarthy plays Diana, a con artist in Miami who is enjoying retail bliss, courtesy of "Sandy Bigelow Patterson" -- the I.D. that belongs to an accounts rep (Bateman) who lives halfway across the U.S in Denver. A regular guy forced to extreme measures to clear his name and extremely bad credit, Sandy hunts down Diana in an attempt to bring her to justice himself – and quickly finds out it ain't easy to wrangle, coax or even bribe her to travel to Denver in order to get his life back on track.
In theaters February 8, 2013, the cross-country comedy reunites Bateman with his Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon and co-stars Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Clifford "T.I." Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick and Eric Stonestreet.