By now, you’ve probably noticed the colorful posters and the hilarious trailer for “Bridesmaids,” which features an all-star cast of very funny ladies. Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendy McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper, as the title suggests, are bridesmaids in their friend’s wedding (Maya Rudolph), and the film follows the complicated process (and ensuing hilarity) of being in a friend’s bridal party.
Since the most memorable aspect of being a bridesmaid is the dress — more often than not worn just that one time — MTV News asked the cast, producer Judd Apatow and director Paul Feig to brainstorm a few good ways to reuse a bridesmaid dress.
“Kindling?” Wiig offered.
“[A] mop, definitely, except it’s not as absorbent as you [would want],” Rudolph suggested. “It’s probably a bit more polyester-based. [Maybe] something that you can put in the sunroof of your car and then close the sunroof and let it fly or flap in the breeze? That would be beautiful.”
“Or,” Wiig continued, “I thought you were going to say you could put it on your windshield to not have the sun come in so your car is nice and cool.”
“Or maybe reuse for a bloody, bloody ghost costume,” Rudolph added.
The rest of the ladies agreed with the bridesmaid-dress-as-costume theme.
“Each and every one of them I’ve used as a costume at the Groundlings,” McLendon-Covey said of her wardrobe for the improv comedy troupe. “So I got my money’s worth. Even my wedding dress I used as a costume.”
“I wore one bridesmaid’s dress as a costume,” Kemper revealed. “I have a black bridesmaid’s dress that is so multifunctional, forget it, I wear it all the time … some I can’t seem to use again; it’s those lime-green ones.”
“Yeah,” McClendon-Covey agreed. “Some of them, the fabric is so chintzy that it changes colors after you sweat in it, it’s like, ’Well, my secret’s out. I have sweat glands, kids.’ ”
McCarthy added that old bridesmaid dresses make for excellent dress-up clothes for the little ones, “especially if it’s a really bad one. If you have kids or know kids, you can cut it up,” she suggested. “Kids love tacky dresses.”
Apatow and Feig took things in a completely different direction. “[Wear it for a] sexy night, sexy night fun,” Apatow said.
“Role play,” the director and producer said at the same time and laughed.
“Oh sorry, I’m the caterer. You’ve come into the wrong room, bridesmaid,” Feig said, role-playing a sexy scene. “Weird how that actually worked out in my head that quickly,” he added.
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