From Pinup To Pen-Pusher: Jenny McCarthy Does Screenwriting In 'Dirty Love'

Husband inspires actress to try her hand at writing a film — then they divorce.

Jenny McCarthy calls one of the scenes in "Dirty Love," her raunchy new romantic comedy, "Bass in the Ass." And who better to name it? After all, she wrote it.

"That particular scene was a true story," McCarthy laughed as she recalled the gag where she walks in on her date with a fish ... well, you get the point. "But most of the stuff I kinda thought, 'What would I want to see and how would I take comedy up one more level where it's been?' The Farrelly Brothers have done an amazing job at making comedy go up one level, and I wanted to do it in this movie. I think I did."

In "Dirty Love," which opens Friday, McCarthy certainly ups the raunch ante — that is, if you consider rubbing barf on your bare breasts or suffering a feminine emergency in a grocery store aisle to be raunchy. The former Playmate of the Year insists, however, that she's just following in the footsteps of her onscreen fellas.

"I was trying to figure out how to write a movie where a female could be just as gross as an Adam Sandler movie, or any type of male lead, and get away with it," McCarthy explained. "Most people like their women [in romantic comedies] to be ha-ha-ha funny. And I'm not like that. So I wrote a character named Rebecca who starts off really hurt and in pain. She walks in on her boyfriend sleeping with another girl. So she seeks revenge and you feel sorry for her this whole time, while I'm doing these crazy, comedic, outrageous things."

McCarthy, whose film career has consisted mainly of cameos in movies like "Scary Movie 3," "Scream 3" and "BASEketball," decided to give screenwriting a shot after a pep talk from her husband, John Asher.

"He said, 'If you want it bad enough, you can't wait for other people to do it for you. You really have to sit down and do it yourself,'" she recalled. "And I refuse to sit around and wait and get old and then have to sell jewelry on HSN."

Asher, who directed McCarthy in "Diamonds" and "Thank Heaven," eventually helmed "Dirty Love." But a few months after the movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (see "Jenny McCarthy's 'Dirty' Movie Features Sum 41 Frontman"), the couple filed for divorce.

"We fought the entire time, but it was a good thing [for the movie]," McCarthy said. "I think when two creative minds come together, there's gonna be tension and conflict but then there'll be compromise and a better movie."

Not making things any easier on set, "Dirty Love" was shot with the kind of budget most romantic comedies blow in a few days.

"I was bringing food for the crew," McCarthy said. "We had to shoot at some locations while they were open. It was really tough. We were running with the camera, 'Let's do a take, we only have a minute for a take.' So I had to be on it."

Along with McCarthy, "Dirty Love" stars Eddie Kaye Thomas of the "American Pie" movies and Carmen Electra, who plays a white woman who wants to be black (see "Move Over, Pussycat Dolls: Here Come Carmen Electra's Bombshells").

"She brought the character to another level, completely," McCarthy said.

"I was a little nervous, 'cause for me, it's kinda like taking a big step and really doing something different," said Electra, who hosted MTV's "Singled Out" after McCarthy. "I'm not used to having the opportunity to play characters."

Since "Dirty Love," McCarthy has written four other films, including a comedy involving the drug ecstasy called "Rollin' " that she hopes to shoot soon. Acting, after all, is her top priority.

"If maybe this movie does really well, some writers might see the light and start writing really well for chicks," she said. "I'm hoping that will happen. If not, now that I know how to write, I'm gonna keep writing."

And perhaps she will inspire others to do the same.

"Everyone knows she's beautiful, everyone knows that she's a sex symbol and I think everyone knows she's funny, too. But to actually write a script, that's pretty cool," Electra said of McCarthy. "I'm really proud of her."

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