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Melissa McCarthy Calls Being Mistaken For Amy Schumer ‘A Compliment’

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Feb. 17 2020, Published 3:47 p.m. ET

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Melissa McCarthy is apparently an Amy Schumer doppelgänger. During an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on February 17, the Bridesmaid actress recalled a prank she participated in for the talk show. During the hidden camera gag, Melissa, 49, pretended to faint in a local dry cleaner. However, when a bystander called for help, she was mistaken for the Trainwreck star.

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“What I heard right before they called 911 was: ‘Amy Schumer’s gone down! Amy Schumer’s on the ground!'” Melissa explained to Ellen DeGeneres. “And I was like, ‘Hey!' She called me Amy Schumer — which to me was my favorite part, what a compliment — but she called me Amy Schumer four or five times.”

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Melissa also joked that the strangers who came to her rescue would like Amy, 38, “so much better.”

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“She actually did say she knew it was you but she just kept calling you Amy Schumer even though she — no, she knew it was you,” Ellen, 62, said. The Finding Dory star caught up with the woman after the prank originally aired in September 2019.

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Even though Amy and Melissa never worked on a movie together, Melissa did make a surprise appearance during Amy’s May 2018 hosting gig on Saturday Night Live.

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The Can You Ever Forgive Me? star recently began rehearsals for the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. “It's so fun. We're just in rehearsals, and it's been an absolute blast. Stepping into the world of director Rob Marshall, it's like a fever dream,” Melissa gushed during her talk show appearance. She is slated to portray the infamous sea witch Ursula.

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“Like, I just went to London for a week, and I'm like, ‘I don't get to go to dance camp for a week.’ And all day, he's like, ‘Do you want to slide down this 40-foot clamshell?’ I'm like, ‘Yes! Of course I do. What are you, crazy?’ It's just been wildly creative,” she added.

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The Gilmore Girls alum was in talks to join the live-action Disney movie in June 2019 according to Variety, and played coy at the time. It was confirmed that she’d join the remake later that year.

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What do you think of what Melissa had to say? Sound off in the comments below!

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