Melissa McCarthy punched Jason Bateman, gave him a bloody nose while filming ‘Identity Thief’
Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman in 'Identity Thief' (Photo: Universal Pictures)
In "Identity Thief," Bateman plays a mild mannered family man with a self proclaimed unisex first name: Sandy. Taking advantage of the gender neutrality of his moniker, McCarthy plays loud-living, shopaholic serial criminal Diana. And she has stolen his identity.
With his family's financial future on the line, Sandy must track Diana down to bring her to justice and clear his name with the cops and his new boss. When he does find her -- boy, does she fight. So many punches were thrown by McCarthy during filming that she accidentally hit Bateman -- twice! -- and gave him a bloody nose.
"She got my nose… a couple of nose shots. Yeah. This bleeds," Bateman told Yahoo! Movies during an interview in West Hollywood. "It’s a real gusher," McCarthy added.
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'Identity Thief' (Photo: Universal Pictures)
Bateman, who is also a producer on the film, wanted as much promotional mileage from the moment he could get: "We shoulda got that for the DVD extras or the Blu-ray." McCarthy agreed, "I know!"
In "Identity Thief," Bateman does hit back. But is it ever okay to rough house a woman? "She knows how to hit back. And if she’s lippin’ off, this is what happens. You know – you get thrown down to the hot pavement," the 44-year-old Golden Globe winner joked. McCarthy answered facetiously, "True. I learned my lesson," adding the disclaimer, "American children: asphalt’s hard." She also felt the need to point out that she did, in fact, throw the first punch. Bateman's flimsy justification: "She started it."