Richard E. Grant says Julianne Moore was fired from 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' over a 'fatsuit'

Julianne Moore recently revealed that she suffered the indignity of being fired from the movie Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Moore was set to play the role Melissa McCarthy ended up taking, that of Lee Israel, a struggling writer who begins forging letters supposedly from famous authors and selling them, co-adapted for the screen by writer Nicole Holofcener.

McCarthy ended up being nominated for an Oscar, but Moore said things didn't end well while she was attached to the project.

"I didn't leave that movie. I was fired," she told US late night host Andy Cohen. "Yeah yeah, Nicole fired me. So yeah, that's the truth.

"I really think she didn't like what I was doing... I think her idea of where the character was, was different than where my idea of the character was. And so she fired me. It's pretty bad. The only other time I was fired was when I was working at a yogurt stand when I was 15. So... it felt bad."

But now Richard E. Grant, who starred with McCarthy (and who was also nominated for an Oscar) has unveiled another side of the story.

And it involves disagreement over a fat suit.

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Richard E. Grant says Julianne Moore was fired from 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' over a 'fatsuit'
Julianne Moore was fired from Can You Ever Forgive Me? because she wanted towear a fat suit, the film's star Richard E Grant has claimed
Richard E. Grant says Julianne Moore was fired from 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' over a 'fatsuit'
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The success of Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Marielle Heller’s tragicomedy starring Melissa McCarthy as real-life literary forger Lee Israel and Richard E Grant as her withering sidekick, Jack, has reawakened interest in details of an aborted version of the movie, which was abandoned six days before shooting was due to begin.

The collapse of this version – which would have been directed by the screenwriter of the finished film, Nicole Holofcener, with Julianne Moore and Chris O’Dowd in the leading roles – was evidently a sore point for most of those involved. Holofcener has spoken of the “terrible” and “traumatic” experience, and Moore has voiced her upset at having been fired from the project – and not having dropped out as many people previously assumed.

The “creative differences” that led to Holofcener dismissing Moore, which then led to the project’s collapse, appear to have centred on Moore’s take on the character – particularly her physicality.

Last week, sources told the Hollywood Reporter that Holofcener disapproved of Moore’s attachment to a fake nose that she wanted to wear to better resemble the real Israel, feeling it would prove “distracting”.

This was confirmed by Grant on Thursday, who also suggested it wasn’t the only prosthetic favoured by the actor. “Julianne Moore wanted to wear a fat suit and a false nose to play Lee Israel,” he said at Advertising Week Europe, “and Nicole Holofcener said, ‘You’re not going to do that.”’

Grant also said that Sam Rockwell and Helena Bonham Carter were due to feature in the original version of the film.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? earned Oscar nominations for McCarthy and Grant, and for Holofcener’s screenplay. Moore was speaking to promote Gloria Bell, the English-language remake of Sebastian Lelio’s acclaimed drama Gloria, about a divorcee who finds new love.

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The actress was replaced on Can You Ever Forgive Me? by Melissa McCarthy.
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Speaking at an event for Advertising Week Europe, he said: "Julianne Moore wanted to wear a fat suit and a false nose to play Lee Israel and Nicole Holofcener said, 'You're not going to do that'.

"The original cast was going to be directed by Bob Balaban with Helena Bonham Carter and Sam Rockwell playing my part.

"Fast forward 10 years and then it was going to be Julianne Moore and Chris O'Dowd and then Nicole Holofcener, the co-screenwriter, fired Julianne Moore two days before they started shooting over creative differences.

"Then Melissa McCarthy's husband, who had been in the previous version and still played the same part, gave her the script to read and then she came on board and then I got cast so it was third time lucky for me otherwise I wouldn't be here."

The movie sadly did not convert its three Academy Award nominations, but it did win the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

This article first appeared on Yahoo

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