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‘Spy’s’ Jason Statham: ‘Paul Feig Is the Scorsese of Comedy Films’

Melissa McCarthy and her international cohorts landed in London’s Leicester Square Wednesday for the world premiere of “Spy.” The crowd seemed most lively for local heroes Jason Statham and Jude Law, who got top billing with McCarthy on the posters plastered around the square. “It’s good to be home,” Statham said.

McCarthy told the crowd and the Yahoo livestream that audiences were going to see the action star “in a whole different light,” tackling comedy as a surly agent named Rick Ford. “You never know what you’re getting into with a comedy,” Statham said. But it helps to have a great director. “Paul Feig is the Scorsese of comedy films,” he proclaimed.

Statham also approved his leading lady’s action chops. “(Melissa) does one of the best fight sequences I’ve ever seen,” he said of a scene in a kitchen. “You never know what you could do with a bread roll.”

“It would be a pretty tough argument to say that Melissa isn’t the funniest actor in films right now,” said the film’s Jessica Chaffin. “A lot has been made about Paul doing a lot for women in comedy. But I think Paul is a fan of comedy in general. But it’s just nice to see that women can hang the same as the boys.”

This is the third collaboration between McCarthy and Feig, with the all-female-cast “Ghostbusters” next. “We just can’t stop. Hopefully, we’ll do another one of these,” he said.

Also in attendance at the premiere were Allison Janney, Miranda Hart, Peter Serafinowicz and Nargis Fakhri, as well as producers Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping.

Twentieth Century Fox opens “Spy” in the U.S. on June 5.

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