Kathy Bates calls herself "an old lion." Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP.
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Kathy Bates calls herself "an old lion". The actress says she also plays one in the big-screen comedy "Tammy". Bates portrays Lenore, a successful entrepreneur who figuratively slaps sense into the film's lovable loser of a titular character (Melissa McCarthy).AP: I must admit I'm surprised to find you in this movie.Bates: I'd heard they (the creative team of McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone) wanted me for a part. AP: What was the appeal of McCarthy?Bates: I think of Lenore as an old lion.AP: (The gay-cinema historian) Vito Russo would have loved that Lenore is incidentally gay. Bates: I am an old lion, too.Bates: I know I'm part of the "Freak Show".
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