Julianne Moore Got Fired from 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' Says It's "Still kind of painful.”
‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ was one of the more notable and critically acclaimed movies of 2018, reinforced by the fact that it received 3 Academy Award nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
The film is indelibly associated with Melissa McCarthy, who turned in what many have considered to be a career-best performance in her portrayal of Lee Israel, the biographer who began selling forged letters from literary luminaries to make ends meet.
Before director Marielle Heller took the reins, Nicole Holofcener, who wrote the screenplay, was slated to direct with Julianne Moore in the lead role. That version fell apart, however, due to “creative differences,” which Moore touched on during a recent interview on Andy Cohen’s ‘Watch What Happens Live.’
“I didn’t leave that movie, I was fired,” the Oscar-winning actress said. “Yeah, yeah, Nicole fired me.”
Moore goes on to say they were in rehearsals during pre-production when things fell apart.
“I think she didn’t like what I was doing,” Moore said of Holofcener. “I think that her idea of where the character was was different from my idea of where the character was, and so she fired me.”
In an interview with Indiewire published Friday, Moore added that she “didn’t want to leave,” noting that being removed from the acclaimed film was “still kind of painful.”
Fortunately Moore doesn’t have to wait long to get back into the leading actress spotlight. She’s starring in the film ‘Gloria Bell,’ distributed by A24, which opened yesterday to a limited release.
Moore’s interview with Andy Cohen and the trailer for her new film are below.