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06/26/2013 02:44 pm ET

Paul Feig On Women: 19 Awesome Things 'The Heat' Director Has Said About Funny Ladies

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Paul Feig, the dapper director of "Bridesmaids," obviously enjoys working with women. Not only did he take on Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo's blockbuster film, he also directed "The Heat," a buddy comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, which opens this weekend. And he's already generating buzz with his recently announced female spy movie, "Susan Cooper."

But Feig doesn't just demonstrate love of female-driven comedy through the films he directs. He talks about it frequently and eloquently. In fact, a look back at the "Freaks and Geeks" creator's past interviews reveals that he's been remarkably consistent in his message over the years. We just hope people are listening.

19 Awesome Things Paul Feig Has Said About Women

1. "I love [being the unofficial spokesman for women in film]; I embrace it. But at the same time, you go, 'It’s 2013. Really, this is still an issue?' [Laughs] It’s, I think, the way business has been running for the last 30 years. At least the business of comedy. I think they have business models that show that for some reason women won’t show up. I’ve heard the evidence, but I just don’t buy any of it. Because I go, 'Women are fifty percent of the population. Clearly they’re going to show up to see other funny women in a movie.'” -RedEye, June 2013

2. "They’re not women acting like men, and it’s not a script written for two men that we just inserted two women into. ['The Heat'] was written by a female writer (Katie Dippold of NBC’s 'Parks and Recreation') who wrote it because she got tired of watching all the men cop movies where guys are riding around on mopeds with hot girls on the back in bikinis. Kate’s whole thing was, ‘Why can’t women have this?’" -Detroit Free Press, June 2013

3. "That's the thing that appeals to me most, and that's why I really latched onto this one when it got sent to me, because I don't like any movie that kind of scolds women about, like, 'Your job's too important to you and so you're cutting off this other part of your life, of a husband' and that's always the romantic comedies, like the Ice Queen. No, I like professional women. I like women who've decided they want to do this thing, and they're dedicated to it." -Moviefone, June 2013

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4. We're not advancing as much as we should be. I know there are scripts that studios are trying to do, because now I get sent all of them. But the problem is that they're not that good. Sometimes they try to go the other way, where it's a bunch of ladies who are trying to get laid. I don't like women acting like men; then it's not serving anybody.” -The Huffington Post, June 2013

5. “I had read ‘Bridesmaids’ back in 2007 and got so excited. I thought there [are] all these great roles for women, and there are so many women I’ve worked with who would be fun to cast. It was a little terrifying when I was on it because you had the feeling that everyone was looking at it like, ‘OK, let’s see if ladies can carry a movie,’ which is kind of ridiculous.-Variety, June 2013

6. "Comedy is kind of a boy's game, and guys have this little boy's take on women … Every beer commercial is 'We're having a great time and then — groan! — the chick shows up.' Or the guy who picks the beer over the woman. And you think, 'OK. That's one way of looking at the world. But I'd like to show the other side of it.'" -Los Angeles Times, April 2013

7. “My goal is to keep breaking the door open wider so Hollywood doesn't say, 'No, you can't star a woman in this.' It's not about whether or not it's a women's comedy or a men's comedy...it's just a comedy. I want the audience to go, 'They're funny, and I don't care if they're a man or a women, I'm going to go see [the film].' Then we would have truly achieved something.” -The Daily Beast, April 2013

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8. "For his catty and school bully name-calling of the supremely talented Melissa McCarthy, I cordially invite Mr. Rex Reed to go f**k himself.” -Twitter, February 2013

9. "I hope that some day we can eliminate the phrase 'chick flick,' since I think it's ultimately a put-down. Movies should either be good or not and not for one specific audience. Or so says me." -Reddit, December 2012

10. “All my friends growing up were girls, so it’s just kind of how I think. I was an only child and I always wanted to have an older sister. And all the funniest people I know are always women, so I think my brain just kind of goes that way.” -The Credits, December 2012

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11. We’re not making them talk like guys, but at the same time, they aren’t running around afraid to shoot a gun. It’s not about romance or anything. I wanted it to be kind of groundbreaking in that way because I feel like so much stuff for women always has to have, 'Okay, we have to have some nod to the ladies.' Nah, nobody is desperately trying to find a boyfriend, or is upset about this or that. It’s cool to play two women characters who are just great at what they do; them being women doesn’t effect anything really other than that these are two funny women. They’re just doing their jobs and trying to work together.” -Entertainment Weekly, November 2012

12. I love the movies of the ’30s and ’40s where you had these strong female characters who were funny and they were equals — how that went away bothered me ... TV is weirdly the place where women get to be equals. And I don’t know, movies just got kind of out of hand for a while.” -Flavorwire, January 2012

13. “Women comedy is different than men comedy. Guy comedy is very aggressive, it’s about insulting each other, name-calling, and kind of busting each other’s chops, and that’s not what women’s comedy is. It’s hard to talk in absolutes ’cause you sound like a guy -- I find it to be a very supportive kind of comedy, in that it’s a lot of joking off each other. For example, Kristen [Wiig] and Maya [Rudolph] -- they’re just so funny together, because they do funny voices to each other, and kind of have a conversation where they’ll start to sing, and then they’ll do imitations, and they’re just making each other laugh the whole time. There’s a gentleness about that that I like. I’ve never been comfortable around groups of guys when it gets into the putting-down. My past being a kind of geek -- it kind of turns into an attack on the weakest of the group.” -Vanity Fair, January 2012

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14. Let any debate about ‘women aren't funny’ be put to rest. I would do anything with [Melissa McCarthy], and she's got such range that she kind of can do anything. The worst thing you could do, if you had a Melissa McCarthy in your employ, would be, ‘Can you just stick to the script?’ But that happens a lot. Why the fuck would you ever do that?” -GQ, August 2011

15. "I was aggravated over the years that the funniest women I knew would pop up in a movie and they'd just be the mean girlfriend, not funny at all. That's such a waste." -The Globe and Mail, July 2011

16. “Bad women's comedies are made by men who didn't consult enough women.” -Esquire, May 2011

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17. "I can’t overstate what a mission it’s been for me for a while. It goes back to 'Freaks and Geeks,' and that was the whole thing with the Lindsay character -- I wanted to have this very strong but also fallible female character. Because you also don’t want to put women on a pedestal -- you want to do a fair portrayal." -Film Independent, May 2011

18. That's what's so great about working with really funny women is vanity comes second and they're just willing to do whatever makes it real and funny and they're going to go for it and it's just great.” -Indiewire, May 2011

19. "After 'Freaks and Geeks' I got offered all these 'high school guys [in search of sex]' kind of movies. I don’t relate to that. I watched a ton of romantic comedies. The ones that are done well like 'Annie Hall' and 'When Harry Met Sally,' I love those movies. But so many of them are so terrible, and so overwritten. They don’t exist in the real world. They’re very idealized worlds. I always felt that women are so under-served, so it all came together on this project with all these funny women." -Los Angeles Times, March 2011

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