Melissa McCarthy, who is well known for her comedic prowess and flexibility in movies, is ready to take on a challenging role as the evil Ursula in Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid. But, the actress recently opened up about a terrifying incident from her prior job on a hostile film set that left her “physically ill” 1 in an interview with The Observer.
There is no denying that not all shootings in the entertainment world are made equally. Stories of directors and celebrities creating a toxic environment on some film sets have slowly made their way into the public consciousness over time. McCarthy, regrettably, was involved in one of these productions. “I did work for someone who operated such a turbulent, angry set at one point,” she reflects, “and it made me physically ill. I was soaking up all of this nuttiness as my eyes began to bulge. Many were visibly upset by this one person and were sobbing. McCarthy was kept silent using deceptive measures, including the termination of McCarthy’s close friends and family. Although it was intimidating, she finally learned an important lesson from it: the need to speak out for herself and her coworkers.
McCarthy’s time on the set of The Little Mermaid was thankfully far more positive than this upsetting incident. Notably, she enjoyed playing the renowned Ursula and exploring her wicked side. McCarthy embraced the character’s distinctive blend of humor, melancholy, and edginess, drawing inspiration from her experience acting as a drag queen. She characterized Ursula as a tough, resilient woman who has gone through it all and managed to triumph 3—a quality she found endearing and relatable.
With successful live-action adaptations of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King, there were early concerns regarding the casting and sustainability of The Little Mermaid. However, it now appears that all concerns were misplaced. Audiences are anxiously anticipating a splash of fun under the sea in light of the intriguing promos and snippets that are now circulating. With McCarthy’s powerful portrayal as Ursula 4, the movie aims to offer a novel perspective on the well-known tale.
Thus, as we get ready to sail with The Little Mermaid this weekend, let’s not forget how crucial it is to promote a pleasant work environment across all sectors of society. Every person deserves to work in an environment that values their welfare and gives them the freedom to be creative.