Opening July 2, Tammy centers on Tammy Banks (Melissa McCarthy), a woman who attempts to break out of her small town life by hitting the road with her rowdy grandmother Pearl (Susan Sarandon). The film, penned by McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone, marks Falcone’s feature directing debut. The pair worked “for years” on the script, according to McCarthy.
Falcone approached directing with a grateful and positive manner. “The whole thing was a delight for me,” said the filmmaker. “It was great to work with Melissa – we worked together before. We got to spend a lot of time together and it was fun to literally work with everybody (in the film). Literally I can say at the end of every day I was honestly disappointed that the day was over and was hopeful that they would let us shoot tomorrow.”
During the Tammy press conference Falcone and McCarthy talked about how their Illinois background influenced the film (Falcone sees the film as a “love letter to Illinois”).