Richard E Grant Claims Can You Ever Forgive Me? Director Fired Julianne Moore Over Fat Suit Row

She was originally supposed to play the role that landed Melissa McCarthy an Oscar nomination.

Julianne Moore was fired from Can You Ever Forgive Me? because she wanted to wear a fat suit, the filmā€™s star Richard E Grant has claimed.

Itā€™s been well-documented that Julianne was originally cast in the role of Lee Israel in the recent biopic, a part which eventually garnered Melissa McCarthy her second Oscar nomination.

Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
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However, while it was initially reported that Julianneā€™s departure was a mutual decision, she disclosed earlier this month that she was sacked from the project, with Richard now sharing his take on why she was let go.

He told a session at Advertising Week Europe: ā€œIt was going to be Julianne Moore and Chris Oā€™Dowd, and then Nicole Holofcener, the co-screenwriter, fired Julianne Moore two days before they started shooting over creative differences.ā€

Richard E Grant at the Oscars
Richard E Grant at the Oscars
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When asked to elaborate on those ā€œcreative differencesā€, Richard explained: ā€œJulianne Moore wanted to wear a fat suit and a false nose to play Lee Israel and Nicole Holofcener said ā€˜Youā€™re not going to do thatā€™.ā€

HuffPost UK has contacted Julianne Mooreā€™s representatives for comment.

Julianne told Watch What Happens Live about Can You Ever Forgive Me?: ā€œWe had just been kind of rehearsing and doing pre-production and stuff, and I think that [Nicole Holofcenerā€™s] idea of where the character was, was different than my idea of [where] the character was.ā€

Richard and Melissa in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Richard and Melissa in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
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Admitting the situation was ā€œstill kind of painfulā€, she added: ā€œThe only other time I was fired was when I was working at a yogurt stand when I was 15ā€¦ so yeah, it felt bad.ā€

Can You Ever Forgive Me? was nominated for three Academy Awards earlier this year, including acting nods for both Melissa and Richard.

Meanwhile, Julianne is currently gearing up for her leading role in the new A24 project Gloria Bell, early reviews for which have been extremely positive.

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