The famous chef Guy Fieri is popular for hosting several TV shows and is largely considered to be the face of the Food Network. While the Emmy-winning TV presenter is known for many things, including his striking spiky hair with frosted tips, the restaurateur has also been the inspiration for Melissa McCarthy’s unforgettable look in Paul Feig’s 2011 comedy film Bridesmaids.
The actress has shared that Fieri was the first person she thought of when she read about her character in the film. She also shared that she planned her whole look in the movie based on how the Food Network star carried himself in his shows.
Guy Fieri Inspired Melissa McCarthy’s Look in Bridesmaids
Paul Feig’s 2011 film, Bridesmaids, starred an ensemble cast including Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Melissa McCarthy. The movie follows Annie Walker’s challenges of being the Maid of Honor for her best friend’s wedding while dealing with her own personal and comedic misadventures.
Melissa McCarthy plays the role of Megan, the quirky and unapologetically bold sister of the groom, a character known for her eccentric style and functional outlook. Her performance in the movie has made the character memorable, adding to the film’s humor and earning her an Oscar nomination.
And during an interview with Collider, The Heat actress shared that she based her role in Bridesmaids on the celebrity chef Guy Fieri. “I wanted her to look like Guy Fieri from the Food Network. Right when I read it, I was like, ‘I think she dresses just like him,'” she shared in the interview.
The actress also shared that she wanted to do the whole look with the “glasses on the back of [her] head” and white spiky hair. However, the producers had to talk her out of it, telling her that she couldn’t actually be Guy Fieri in the movie.
How Bridesmaids Redefined Female-Led Comedy Films
The 2011 Oscar-nominated film Bridesmaids was not only a box office hit but also emerged as a pivotal force in redefining the landscape of comedy, shattering the industry stereotypes surrounding female-led movies. The director of the film, Paul Feig, has shared how it had the burden of being a test for every female-fronted film to come.
“There was an edict from Hollywood where they were all going, ‘Okay this is a movie starring a bunch of women. If this works, we’ll greenlight more, and if it doesn’t, we won’t.”
He also stated how such notions were never placed for “a guy’s movie.” However, its success defied industry norms despite facing undue pressure as a litmus test for women-centric comedy films. The movie showcased multiple women breaking gender stereotypes, proving that women-centric comedies could thrive with diverse cast as well.
Bridesmaids is available on Peacock.