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Melissa McCarthy's star power helps her go out on a limb with 'Tammy'
Melissa McCarthy's star power helps her go out on a limb with 'Tammy'

WILMINGTON, N.C. — One humid night last June, on a dock along one of this port city's winding creeks, Melissa McCarthy and Kathy Bates took their places for a scene in the new movie "Tammy." Five years earlier, McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, had written the role with Bates in mind — the Oscar winner was to deliver a needed dressing down to McCarthy's title character, a perennial screw-up. On set the crew was hushed, the only sound the clicking of cicadas in some nearby oak trees and the water lapping at the dock. Everyone seemed aware that something important was happening ... except the guy in a boat across the lagoon who started playing techno...

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