Melissa McCarthy Ridiculously Photoshopped On 'The Heat' Poster
Melissa McCarthy doesn't look anything like herself in U.K. posters for her new movie, The Heat, with some extreme photoshopping shaving pounds off the comedienne's face. As the British blog The Shiznit points out, McCarthy seems to have had about "a good 30lbs" taken off her face. “Nobody is unclear [about] what Melissa McCarthy's body size is—she's plus-sized and proud," writes the blog. “This is one of the worst Photoshop jobs I have ever seen, but it's not just offensively bad craftsmanship—the intention behind it is downright nasty.”
The Oscar-nominated actress has previously been the target of potshots for her plus-size frame from critics like Rex Reed, who infamously called her "tractor-sized" and a "female hippo."
The American versions of the poster are more accurate, although so highly stylized that, as EW notes, it would be hard to recognize McCarthy if her name weren't emblazoned at the top of the poster.
For her breakout big-screen role in 2011's Bridesmaids, McCarthy received the same "Photoshop Diet Treatment" in a poster that gave her a more defined neck and cheekbones. However, she was not similarly slimmed down on posters for her recent film Identity Thief, which was a surprise box-office smash.
The Heat opens in the U.S. on June 28 and in the U.K. on July 31. 20th Century Fox did not respond to requests for a comment by Yahoo.