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Melissa McCarthy hits back at critic: 'Are you the one who said I'm only a good actor when I look attractive?'

Published 16/05/2015 | 11:31

Actress Melissa McCarthy arrives on the red carpet for The 41st Annual People's Choice Awards
Actress Melissa McCarthy arrives on the red carpet for The 41st Annual People's Choice Awards
Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Melissa McCarthy in Tammy.
Melissa McCarthy in St Vincent

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The Bridesmaids actress (44) hit back at a movie critic who claimed she was only a worthy actress when she looked attractive onscreen.

The writer, whom she didn't name, praised her work in St Vincent, but slammed her performance in Tammy, which prompted her upset.

McCarthy recalled the encounter, which she says took place at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, in the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly, saying: "Are you the one who wrote I was only a good actor when I looked more attractive and that my husband [Ben Falcone] should never be allowed to direct me because he allowed me to look so homely?"

Melissa McCarthy in Tammy.
Melissa McCarthy in Tammy.

"Would you say that to any guy?" she said. "When John C. Reilly — or any actor — is playing a character that is depressed and dejected, would you say, 'Well, you look terrible!'?"

She went on to enquire if the critic had daughters and questioned what standards his attitude set for children.

"Watch what you say to her," she said. "Do you tell her she's only worthwhile or valid when she's pretty?"

The Oscar-nominated actress, who has two daughters Vivian (eight) and Georgette (five), said she is acutely aware of the importance setting a positive example for her children.

Melissa McCarthy in St Vincent
Melissa McCarthy in St Vincent

"For someone who has two daughters, I'm wildly aware of how deep that rabbit hole goes. But I just don't want to start listening to that stuff. I'm trying to take away the double standard of 'You're an unattractive bitch because your character was not skipping along in high heels.'"

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