Melissa McCarthy on Getting Serious in CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? – Jessica Zack interviews

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Melissa McCarthy’s funniest roles, dating back to her 2011 scene-stealing performance as Megan in Bridesmaids (for which she was nominated for a supporting actress Oscar), have showcased her willingness to embrace outrageousness and to throw herself into some very physical comedy. It’s been a trademark in McCarthy’s subsequent Paul Feig-directed movies, Heat with Sandra Bullock and the CIA comedy thriller Spy, as well as in her viral Saturday Night Live impersonation last year of former White House press secretary Sean Spicer berating the news media from behind her rolling lectern.

Creating these kinds of brazen characters “from the outside in” has always come naturally to McCarthy because, she says, “I’m someone who just throws it all out there. This probably isn’t a surprise to anyone, but I’m not guarded.”

Given her natural inclination to be brash and lead with a smile, McCarthy said portraying her latest character, the infamously gruff biographer turned literary forger Lee Israel, in the new movie “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” required a totally different approach.Continue reading…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Can You Ever Forgive Me? is AWFJ’s Movie of the Week for October 19, 2018

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Jessica Zack

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jessica Zack is a freelance journalist who has been writing about film for the San Francisco Chronicle since 2004. She also covers visual arts, books and general culture for the Chronicle, and contributes regularly to San Francisco Magazine and other publications. She is a graduate of Stanford University and got her start writing for the Palo Alto Weekly. Can be found on Twitter: @jwzack