Melissa McCarthy recenlty addressed comments made about her weight back in March, saying she feels bad for someone who has "so much hate" bottled inside.
The actress, whose buddy cop comedy The Heat comes out on June 28, responded to comments made by Rex Reed, a film critic for The New York Observer. Reviewing her March film Identity Thief, Reed referred to McCarthy as "tractor-sized" and "a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success."
McCarthy said she was stunned by the comment. She told The New York Times that her initial reaction upon reading the review's mention of her weight was "Really?" and "Why would someone O.K. that?" Referring to Reed, she explained that she "felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate."
"I just thought, that's someone who's in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot," the actress added. "I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs."
McCarthy admitted that if she had read the article in her 20's, "it may have crushed" her. She said that young girls are being raised in "a strange epidemic of body image and body dysmorphia," and that articles like that "just add to all those younger girls, that are not in a place in their life where they can say, 'That doesn't reflect on me.' "
The 42-year-old actress has two daughters with husband Ben Falcone.
Sandra Bullock, her Heat co-star, said McCarthy likes to go all in with her comedy: "She will go for the jugular and, if you're delicate about it, you're going to sink. So you fire back - you go for the carotid artery."
The film's director, Paul Feig, said that it was fun to watch McCarthy "abuse America's sweetheart [Bullock]."
The Heat will premiere in theaters nationwide on Friday, June 28.
Watch a NSFW trailer for The Heat here: