Richard E. Grant on ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ and His ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Audition

Based on the memoir written by Lee Israel, the real-life dramedy Can You Ever Forgive Me? tells the story of Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), who made her living in the 1970s and ‘80s as a celebrity biographer writing about such subjects as Katherine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. But when she found herself unable to get published, the rent quickly falling behind and her beloved cat becoming ill, she started using her writing talent for deception as a literary forger, all while abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant). During this 1-on-…

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