Jason Bateman Shares How He Cast Melissa McCarthy in Identity Thief

February 8, 2013 9:55 am

Identity Thief actor Jason Bateman called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” and shared why he wanted to cast costar Melissa McCarthy in the upcoming comedy.

Bateman revealed: “I saw the premiere of Bridesmaids and the following morning I called the people pushing the buttons over here at Universal and said can we switch the thief from a guy to a woman because I’d give my left arm to work with this lady.”

Adding, “so we did that, I took her out to lunch and talked her into it and we switched the script and away we went.”

To hear more from Bateman, like what he buys when he’s feeling “blue,” listen to the full interview below. Be sure to catch Identity Thief , out in theaters today.