By Jessica Derschowitz
Updated September 04, 2015 at 05:00 PM EDT
  • Movie

Before Paul Feig enlisted Melissa McCarthy to wield a proton pack in his Ghostbusters reboot, the director got hands-on when it came to shooting a particularly batty scene for the duo’s espionage comedy, Spy.

In this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the film’s Blu-ray edition, Feig can be seen manning a (fake) bat that swoops around McCarthy’s CIA analyst character, Susan Cooper, while she’s at her desk. And by the looks of things, he had a great time doing it.

“Is this the whole reason you wrote the movie?” the actress joked as Feig flapped the prop around her head. (“Yes,” he replied, laughing. “Just for this.”)

According to the film’s special effects technician, you need a bit of talent for puppeteering to maneuver the mechanical creature — so perhaps Feig can use this skill as a backup, should filmmaking not pan out.

Spy comes out on Digital HD this Friday, and the Blu-ray/DVD arrives Sept. 29. Watch the clip above.

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2015 movie
  • Movie
  • R
  • 119 minutes
  • Paul Feig