McCarthy's hair-raising film ordeal
10:39am Friday 4th July 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Melissa McCarthy has revealed how a jet ski stunt on her new movie Tammy literally proved a hair-raising experience when she lost her expensive wig.
The Bridesmaids actress stars in the comedy directed by her husband Ben Falcone as down-on-her-luck Tammy who goes on a road trip with her grandmother to try and turn her life around.
Melissa, 43, revealed on the Chelsea Lately show how her jet ski stunt went wrong and she fell in the water at 45 miles an hour - and ended up losing the 9,000 dollar (£5,000) hairpiece.
The actress explained: "We were just doing a test. It's hard to shoot on water because everything's moving... so we did a test and I'm like, 'Isn't it a great idea if I'm in full wig and costume? Because if we shoot some stuff, maybe it's usable.'
"And I'm like, 'I'm kind of amazing at this', because I'm really a couple steps ahead. I don't really know how to ride a jet ski - I've never been on one before.
"The lovely stunt coordinator was telling me to just give it a little more gas... and he said at the end to really 'dig into the curve'.
"All I heard was 'faster' and 'dig in'. So I literally cranked it up. I'm going like 45 miles an hour, thinking, 'Oh, god, I'm not skilled. I shouldn't be doing this. But the camera's getting it, so maybe it'll look good and we're ahead of schedule.'
"I flipped that thing at 45 miles an hour. I don't remember ever leaving it. All of a sudden, I literally was like, 'I'm in water.' I didn't know if I was up or down and I thought, 'Holy God, I've got that wig on'.
"We did not have a huge budget and a wig's like 9,000 dollars... which, by the way, had like 35 pins in it. You couldn't rip it off my head."
And the worst part was when Melissa discovered she's been through it all for nothing.
She added: "Everybody was freaking out because I hit so hard and I was like, 'But at least we got it!' and they're like, 'The cameras weren't on!'."