For Melissa McCarthy, Ursula in 'The Little Mermaid' is more than just a villain.

Melissa McCarthy's role as Ursula in the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid (May 26) began with horror. 

"That song ["Poor Unfortunate Souls"] looms so large for me that if I can't do it, I shouldn't be doing it." Fortunately for us, she did it—and she did it brilliantly.

That's partly because she recognized Ursula as more than just a villain: "She's not only outcast, she's secluded...She's such a complicated character."

The animated Ursula was heavily influenced by drag queen Divine, making the character much more rich for McCarthy. 

"There has never been a world without drag." And I don't want to see a world without drag." McCarthy has nothing but praise for the film,

which was directed by Rob Marshall and stars Halle Bailey as Ariel. "He did this lovely thing." He created the world we all desire to live in.

There's a lot of variation there. It's almost as though everyone wins. Everyone has a seat at the table. Halle is an incredible leader in this film.

 It's not like girls require the prince's assistance. It's as if Halle is sprinting towards her destiny."First and foremost, I pursued it while knowing that I have no business doing so.

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