Director Paul Feig on ‘cringe-inducing comedy’ of ‘Bridesmaids’ (Video)

Paul Feig was already a master of awkward comedy before he was approached to direct “Bridesmaids,” the most uncomfortably hilarious film of the year. He’d helmed classic episodes of “Arrested Development” and “Nurse Jackie” and has two Emmy nominations for writing “Freaks and Greeks” — the critically acclaimed series he created in 1999. The Emmys additionally cited him for directing “The Office,” which he executive produced for three seasons.

Bridesmaids” is a culmination of the painfully uproarious humor at which he’s so adept. In an interview with Gold Derby, Paul explained, “I really love cringe-inducing comedy … I just respond to that because I think that’s what humanizes everyone so much.”

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Among the performers Paul skillfully humanizes in “Bridesmaids” is Kristen Wiig, the film’s star and co-writer. She’s a virtual lock for her first Golden Globe nomination following three consecutive Emmy bids for “Saturday Night Live.” The film itself is also a sure thing in the Best Comedy or Musical category. Supporting actress Melissa McCarthy is also generating considerable Oscar buzz. She’s predicted by eleven of our Experts, including Elena Howe (L.A. Times), Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), and Gold Derby’s own Tom O’Neil.

It’s no surprise Paul works so well with his actors as he’s an actor himself. He cameoed in multiple films and TV shows and was a regular on “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.” Paul explains, “Having been an actor for so long, that was invaluable to directing. I’m so in touch with what my actors are going through, I know how to get the best out of them and what to avoid.”

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