One day, while developing the script of The Boss (in theaters now) with her husband and director, Ben Falcone, and co-writer Steve Mallory, Melissa McCarthy had an idea. “I was like, can we have a real Braveheart-like knockdown fight with the kids?'” She laughs, “There’s something so crazy about having a full fist fight with a child. It’s so funny to see that level of aggression. And these kids are fighting just as dirty!”
It’s not a spoiler to say that this fight that does indeed take place onscreen. In the film, Michelle Darnell (McCarthy), who has been to jail for insider trading and is now trying to claw her way back to the top by using “Michelle’s Darlings” homemade brownies, faces off against another Daisy troop. Suffice it to say, hair is pulled, fists fly, and milk is spilled.
Falcone says it’s one of his favorite scenes in the film, though it took almost two days to film. “The kids were so good,” he says. “The main thing is that you want them to be safe.” Every move was choreographed carefully, every kid given clear instructions, and stunt people were ready to step in if necessary. The hardest part, according to Falcone, was getting McCarthy to stop apologizing to the children for cursing. “Melissa never cures in real life. She’s much more of a, ‘Oh fudge,’ person.”
Take a listen below to hear McCarthy reveal more about this scene, including what didn’t make the final cut.
The Boss is out now.