Tyla

To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders

Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications

Not now
OK
Advert
Advert
Advert

The Little Mermaid's Melissa McCarthy says drag queens inspired her role as Ursula

Jess Hardiman

Published 
| Last updated 

The Little Mermaid's Melissa McCarthy says drag queens inspired her role as Ursula

Featured Image Credit: Image Press Agency/Alamy/Disney

Melissa McCarthy has said she was inspired by drag queens for her role as Ursula in the forthcoming The Little Mermaid movie.

The long-awaited live action remake of the Disney classic - and original 1837 fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen - stars actor Halle Bailey as the titular mermaid Ariel.

Loading…

She’s joined by the likes of Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric and Javier Bardem as King Triton, alongside Bridesmaids favourite Melissa McCarthy stepping in as Ursula the sea witch.

Advert

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, McCarthy opened up about how she secured the role, saying she knew she would ‘regret it forever’ if she didn’t get it.

"I literally was like, 'Please, please, please! I'll bring craft services. I make a great chicken salad, hummus. I can bring snacks,’” she said.

"I don't know what lunacy went through my head, because I'm not known as a singer, but I just have always been so strangely in love with Ursula that I thought I can try and lose, but if I don't at least try for it, I'll regret it forever."

Melissa McCarthy as Ursula. Credit: Walt Disney
Melissa McCarthy as Ursula. Credit: Walt Disney
Advert

McCarthy said she turned to the drag queen community for inspiration, continuing: "I'm a huge, huge fan of drag shows and the whole art of it and the entertainment of it.

"I've been going to shows since I was not supposed to be going to shows. There's a drag queen that lives in me. I'm always right on the verge of going full-time with her."

She added: "There’s a drag queen that lives in me. I’m always right on the verge of going full-time with her.

"To keep the humor and the sadness and the edginess to Ursula is everything I want in a character - and frankly, everything I want in a drag queen."

Advert

Ironically, when McCarthy was announced as Ursula, many fans felt the casting was a bad decision - saying the role should have gone to a drag queen, as Ursula’s original design in the 1989 animated feature was inspired by actor and drag queen Divine.

Ursula was based on a drag queen. Credit: Walt Disney
Ursula was based on a drag queen. Credit: Walt Disney

"Melissa McCarthy as Ursula when the world is full of drag queens?" one tweeted at the time.

Another said: "Something about Melissa McCarthy being casted for the role of Ursula don't sit right with me."

Advert

A third wrote: "Melissa McCarthy?? Nooooo, Ursula must be played by a drag queen!"

A fourth added: "While I love Melissa McCarthy, an Ursula in drag would have been *chefs kiss*."

The Little Mermaid is set to be released in cinemas on 26 May.

Topics: TV And Film, Celebrity, Disney

Jess Hardiman
More like this
Advert
Advert
Advert

Chosen for YouChosen for You

Entertainment

Jennifer Aniston sparks engagement rumours after she's spotted wearing ring at awards show

9 minutes ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Romeo Beckham announces split from girlfriend Mia Regan with statement to fans

6 hours ago