Rebel Wilson Takes Aim At Melissa McCarthy Claiming There’s Only One Reason She Got Bridesmaids Role Over Her

Melissa McCarthy was criticized by Rebel Wilson, who said there was only one reason she got the Bridesmaids job instead of her. Wilson had a smaller part in the 2011 comedy.

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Rebel Wilson says one thing that gave Melissa McCarthy an edge over her cost her a big part in Bridesmaids.

Wilson isn't completely absent from the 2011 comedy. Brynn is Wilson's character in Bridesmaids. She is Annie's roommate and has a pretty gross tattoo of a "Mexican drinking worm." But she's not the kind of person who ends up in the wedding party. McCarthy, who had roles in The Back-up Plan and Gilmore Girls before, got one of those jobs instead.

McCarthy played Megan, who talks trash, and Wilson actually tried out for this part when she asked to be in the movie.

The Mirror says that she talked about it on stage at the London Palladium on Monday (April 29) when she said she had tried out "for the Melissa McCarthy role."

She did say, though, that she had no chance of beating McCarthy to the part. "They were always going to give it to Melissa because she was their friend," she said.

Melissa McCarthy played Megan in Bridesmaids. (Universal Pictures)
Melissa McCarthy played Megan in Bridesmaids. (Universal Pictures)

Wilson was cast as Brynn instead because the show's creators supposedly thought she looked like Matt Lucas, who was already in the running to play Annie's other roommate.

She recalled: "So I come in and start improvising and it went on for an hour. You know an audition is good when it goes in for an hour… so I got the call and they said ‘You got the part!’ And I went, ‘What, the role?!’ And they went ‘Not that role."

Wilson continued on by saying, "You really look like Matt Lucas." "He’s this British comedian and he’s already been cast in the film so we’re just going to add you in as his sister.’ So I’m like, ‘Alright!’"

"I was like, I guess it’s OK but I really wanted the Melissa McCarthy role..." Wilson went on. "They were like ‘You’ve been cast in a Hollywood film’ and I was like ‘Yeah, but I don’t really have a role’."

Paul Feig, the director of Bridesmaids, has spoken about McCarthy's audition for the part before, calling it a "religious moment" for him.

"It actually took me 30 seconds to realize it was even funny,” he said, per The Guardian. “She made the decision to play the character kind of guy-ish, like, ‘We’re gonna go out and make a man sandwich’.”