The live action version of The Little Mermaid – 92% is one of the most anticipated projects in Disney. It was recently confirmed that the film will be released in May 2023, so there is still a long way to go to see if it manages to convince the public or not. Since the news broke that Halle Bailey would be the one in charge of giving life to Ariel, much has been said about the possible end result. Aggressive and even racist comments against the actress flood the networks. Similarly, there are many people who wonder why Disney he insists on making live-action versions of his classics if they don’t get good feedback from the audience and critics.
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Although there is a lot of controversy surrounding this project, there are also interesting things that could attract attention in a positive way. Specifically, the choice of Melissa McCarthy as Úrsula is one of the decisions that were accepted by the fans. The actress is known for comedies like Spy: A Clueless Spy – 94%, Ladies at War – 90% and Girls Armed and Dangerous – 65%, and for years it is one of the most important faces in this genre. Although many of her titles are not well received by experts, she is gladly accepted by the public and that has allowed her career to continue to advance. Of course, the actress is not limited to comedy, and has proven her great talent for melodramatic and complex roles such as in Can you forgive me? – 98%, for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress.
McCarthy is currently on the Nine Perfect Strangers – 75% series, which he also produces and which recently premiered on Amazon. Nicole Kidman, Michael Shannon, Luke Evans, Bobby Cannavale and Samara Weaving are also part of this adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s novel. The actress’s next participation in The Little Mermaid will serve to bring her closer to the children’s audience and to demonstrate her talent for singing.
In a recent interview with USA Today to promote The Starling – 40%, Melissa mccarthy talked about how excited she is to be a part of The little Mermaid and assures that the project had its challenges, but it will be fascinating:
The world of Disney and Rob Marshall is a world that I wish everyone could experience because it is so creative, kind, and loving. Taking singing lessons every day, I got a little sad because I was able to record with an orchestra, which is crazy for someone who is not a singer and they told me: “That’s it, we have your song”, and I thought: “ Wait, shouldn’t I go to class anymore? ” I was kind of heartbroken about it, but it was a really fun process. It will be amazing.
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The actress revealed that giving life to Úrsula was ideal for her because it is one of her favorite characters from Disney:
It will be amazing. For me, Úrsula is everything. She is definitely one of my favorite villains, so playing her was delicious.
McCarthy states that he had no intention of participating in a musical, but this opportunity was very special because of the character and the story itself. Despite not knowing how to sing or dance professionally, the actress committed herself to the role and is very happy for her participation:
You’re flying around singing and spinning with these gadgets and being lifted up by cables, what could you not love? Nobody else lets me hang around the yard and sing.
Although some images of the production have already been leaked, all have been of Halle Bailey and we still don’t get a chance to see what McCarthy looks like on paper. In fact, we will still have to wait a long time before we can see an official photo or a trailer.
In the same interview, Melissa mccarthy stated that he does not like absolutes in any genre. The actress looks for roles that can balance comedy and tragedy, because that is closer to reality and it is easier for the audience to feel identified. The interpreter is still very active as a protagonist, but she is also working more and more as a producer. In fact, one of his latest projects is a documentary about the life of Bob ross which caused a lot of controversy for the way the subject was approached. The little Mermaid It will surely be a very relevant title for her career, and it is clear that the actress does not plan to stop anytime soon.
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