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Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a film that has received a lot of critical praise. This is particularly the case when it comes to the performances of Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant. In an interview with Collider, Richard E. Grant had the chance to speak about this movie as well as his upcoming role in Star Wars: Episode 9.
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Richard E. Grant had this to say on his impression of Lee Israel and the story of Can You Ever Forgive Me?:
“Well, I had read her biography of Tallulah Bankhead, so I knew her name, but I had no idea that she had this literary forgery life, at the end of her career. As you said, truth is always more bizarre than fiction. You couldn’t make it up.”
“Having just found a letter, trying to write about Fanny Brice when her agent has said, ‘Nobody wants to read a book about Fanny Brice. Get real!’ So then, she steals the letter and that inadvertently leads her into a life of crime, out of desperate financial necessity. What I loved about it, when I read it, was that it feels like a buddy road movie, but it just happens to be between bookshops and bars in New York City, circa 1991.”
“When I first read the script of this oddball relationship between two very opposite characters, who were so linked by profound loneliness and failing upwards, they reminded me of Ratso and Joe Buck in Midnight Cowboy.”
“They’re in the City of Dreams, or the Land of Oz, but they are really lonely and just desperate to make a buck, and they end up having this co-dependent, oddball relationship.”
Star Wars: Episode 9
Richard E. Grant said this on what it is like to be in Star Wars: Episode 9:
“Completely surreal. I had seen the movie when I was a drama student in 1977, and I’d never seen anything like it. If you had told me then, with a crystal ball, that 40 years later, I would be in the movie, I wouldn’t have believed it. Also, in 1991, when I was doing Draculain L.A. with Gary Oldman and Francis Ford Coppola, I’d gone to a movie called Rambling Rosewith Laura Dern.”
“I keep a diary, and I have this diary entry that said, ‘Met 24-year-old J.J. Abrams – incredibly self-confident, self-possessed and rich.’ He told me that he had a three-picture deal. He just had a big hit with Regarding Henry, starring Harrison Ford and Annette Bening. So, when I then got a call, 13 years later, that said, ‘J.J. Abrams wants to audition you for this thing, and will you come and meet him at Pinewood Studios,’ I reminded him of our meeting. Of course, he didn’t remember that.”
“And when you go to the sets, which are at Pinewood Studios, and you see that it’s not green screen everywhere, and you actually see the things that you have grown up seeing in the movies, every day that I’ve worked, I’ve said, ‘J.J., pinch me.’ And he’s as excited as anyone to be there.”
“He’s 52, but he’s as excited about directing and writing this, as you’d expect any movie geek kid would be. That is very endearing. You go, ‘Well, I get that because that’s how I feel.’”
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