Before he made last summer's hit comedy The Heat, Paul Feig avoided watching other buddy comedies that struck a similar tone to his film, which follows the unlikely partnership between a straight-laced F.B.I. agent (Sandra Bullock) and a take-no-prisoners Boston cop (Melissa McCarthy). "I always get nervous about stealing direct ideas," Feig says. "I'm less dependent on that and more just going, Well, this is just a funny dynamic."
What is most important for Feig is that that funny dynamic between his lead characters isn't also a rigid one, "where one person is just in a specific role — I'm just the crazy one, I'm just the mean one," he explains. Feig likes it when the characters in his comedies are more fluid in how they play off each other, much like these four classic comedy duos he watched via reruns when he was growing up in the 1970s — duos who, Feig says, "weirdly influenced how I process comedy." One duo in particular influenced an extended scene from The Heat's Blu-ray edition (out Oct. 15), which you can watch exclusively below.
Laurel and Hardy
The Marx Brothers
Bob Hope and Bing Crosby
Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny
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