“I was always juggling two or three jobs plus trying to do acting classes and paying for that and everything that went along with it.” – Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy stars as real-life author Lee Israel in the film based on the incredible true story Can You Ever Forgive Me. Based on the memoir of the same name, the film is directed by Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) and costars Richard E. Grant (Logan).
Can You Ever Forgive Me follows Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), an author who is struggling to make ends meet while living in a bug infested apartment in New York City circa 1991. She lives alone with her cat until she meets Jack Hock (Richard E. Grant), a schemer whom she joins frequently for whiskey drinks at gay bars. Israel turns her talent into forgery by forging over four hundred letters and selling them for hundreds of dollars.
Melissa McCarthy deviates from her usual comedic performances and gives an Oscar winning dramatic performance as Lee Israel. After starring in this years’ earlier comedies Life of the Party and The Happytime Murders, she will also star in next years’ The Kitchen and Superintelligence. Richard E. Grant will star in the anticipated Christmas film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms later this year. He will also star in next years’ projects Palm Beach and Star Wars: Episode IX.
Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant sat down to discuss the making of Can You Ever Forgive Me. They talk about their early days struggling in the business, living in New York, and loneliness. “I drove people to the airport, I was a waiter, you know all that stuff that you do in the hope that one day you’re going to get a break, and luckily I got one,” admits Grant. “I worked a million different restaurants and I was a nanny. I really liked all of them, well the hostess thing I could have let go,” says McCarthy. To see more of what McCarthy and Grant have to say about Can You Ever Forgive Me, watch our exclusive video interview below.
Watch our interview with Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant here:
Can You Ever Forgive Me in cinemas now
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