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June 28, 2013

Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon cause quite a stir

Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon cause quite a stir at Niagara Falls

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — NIAGARA FALLS — The Falls’ historic cataracts again got the star treatment on Thursday. 

A trio of Hollywood’s biggest names spent the better part of the day filming scenes on the observation tower at Prospect Point and at the Cave of the Winds. Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon and fellow actresses Melissa McCarthy and Kathy Bates were among the cast involved in the shoot for the upcoming movie, “Tammy.”

During a brief session with local media members following Thursday’s film shoot, McCarthy, who co-wrote the film with her husband, Ben, said her first-ever trip to see the falls came with its share of ‘wow’ moments, including a thrilling tour of the Cave of the Winds. She was joined on set by her daughters, Vivian and Georgette, who were also able to enjoy their first up-close view of the mighty cataracts. 

“This has been amazing,” she said. “I’ve never been to Niagara before and I can’t for the life of me figure out why. I called my mom and dad back home and said, ‘Why haven’t we been here?’

“It’s really been kind of overwhelming,” she added.

McCarthy, the star of the CBS show “Mike and Molly” who gained notoriety as a comedic actress following a memorable appearance in the film, “Bridesmaids,” said the falls, including the Cave of the Winds, will be featured prominently at the end of her new film. “Tammy” also marks her husband’s directorial debut.

McCarthy plays the title role of Tammy, a woman who decides to head out on a road trip after getting fired and learning that her husband has been cheating on her. Having just totaled her clunker car, the down-on-her-luck character has only one option for leaving town — joining her grandmother, Pearl, played by Sarandon. 

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