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Melissa McCarthy: 'I'm Too Friendly For L.A.'

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Melissa McCarthy says she's found that chatting up strangers in Los Angeles is like "you've asked them to remove their pants."

McCarthy, who's out promoting her new movie The Heat, told More magazine that her outgoing Midwest ways aren't always welcome in L.A.

"I'm a Midwest girl. I'm chatty. I'll talk to anybody. In L.A., that frightens people. You talk to somebody in a line in L.A., and it's like you've asked them to remove their pants," she said in the interview, which is not online but has been excerpted by other outlets.

The actress's friendliness even extended to the extremely unkind comments made by New York-based critic Rex Reed, who infamously called her "tractor-sized" and a "female hippo" in his Identity Thief review. McCarthy simply said, "I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate."

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Reed, by the way, stands by his comments. As he just said to Us Weekly, "As a critic whose opinions are constitutionally protected by law, I stand by all of my original remarks about Melissa McCarthy's obesity, which I consider about as amusing as cancer, and apologize for nothing."

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