When Melissa McCarthy first auditioned for The Little Mermaid, she left only a day after sending in her video.
“For me, I had a relationship with the character of Ariel at the time,” McCarthy tells FOX411. “So, it was like a girl I had a relationship with. I had become attached to that person and she was so precious to me. And it was an opportunity to go back to the story of what makes you into a fish. For me, that was really important to me and quite frankly I left too soon.”
Three decades later, and the Melissa McCarthy will get the chance to show us what making a sound is really like.
“I ended up recording my part much more quickly than I expected. It was really kind of silly and fun.”
She’s also stepping into the shoes of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin, and she doesn’t just have a few lines to work with.
“It was a ton of lines.”
And like The Little Mermaid, the film hasn’t been done before.
“This one is really exciting because it is really fresh.”
Like Aladdin, McCarthy’s film, The Starling is a reboot that is sure to ignite some memes.
“The reboot idea for me, when I was growing up, was basically when you watched the baby become older. If you had a baby, once you turn the baby into a toddler and then on through to you becoming an adult. Your baby used to be a kid and then the baby becomes a teenager and a young adult, then you’re an adult. That’s when your child starts to get excited about being somebody else. In that case, you have a lot of work to do to figure out how to make sure the child feels a sense of identity. I think that’s where the reboot came from and that’s the way I live my life.”
Aladdin hits theaters Dec. 20, The Starling hits theaters May 31, and The Little Mermaid was released in theaters in 1989.