The key to any Melissa McCarthy movie is her co-star; the more uptight and square her foil, the better. So far, her stuffed-shirt adversaries have included Jason Bateman (Identity Thief) and Sandra Bullock (The Heat). Now it looks like her next straight-man will be none other than action star Jason Statham.
McCarthy and her Bridesmaids/The Heat director Paul Feig are currently prepping their next collaboration, a spy comedy named Susan Cooper. According to Variety, Statham has agreed to co-star in the film, playing a secret agent who teams up with McCarthy’s “unlikely spy.”
Although Statham started his career in Guy Ritchie’s snarky British crime films, he’s known as a star of no-nonsense action movies like Death Race and Homefront. When people laugh in a Jason Statham movie they’re usually laughing at him, which is a terrible mistake, because then he beats them senselessly until they stop. But while this might seem like against-type casting, I think he and McCarthy could make a great team. Who else working in movies today is better at projecting an air of hard-ass humorlessness than Jason Statham? Can you imagine Arthur Bishop from The Mechanic, the ultimate professional, trying to endure McCarthy’s outrageous antics? It’s a recipe for deliciously comedic disaster.
If you don’t think Statham has comedic chops, go check out his hilarious work in Crank 2: High Voltage. And if you do think Statham’s funny, go watch Crank 2: High Voltage anyway. Basically what I’m saying is, if there’s one thing I want you to take away from this piece, it’s that you should see Crank 2: High Voltage, because that movie is the best.