In CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?, Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant).
Can You Ever Forgive Me? is the brilliantly-told story of Lee Israel, played by Melissa McCarthy. If you’ve ever wanted to take a time machine ride to New York in the late 70’s/early 80’s, this movie lets you do just that. The film is so done and captivating that you’ll want to actually search for the real Lee Israel’s real-lifework.
With his wit and charm, Richard E. Grant (Logan, Gosford Park, Withnail and I) brings life to this movie (is he ever anything less than fantastic?). In this spoiler-free interview, we discuss the film, Melissa McCarthy, and a certain talented thespian cat. That’s right. A cat.