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Can you imagine Julianne Moore as the star of “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Oscar winner shares she was fired from film

I did not know this.

Julianne Moore had originally been cast as real-life literary forger Lee Israel in the film Can You Ever Forgive Me?

The role earned Melissa McCarthy a well-deserved Oscar nomination and it is difficult to imagine anyone – even someone as amazing as Miss Moore – in that particular role.

The Oscar winner for Still Alice and a nominee for Far From Heaven, The Hours, The End of the Affair and Boogie Nights, shared what happened during an appearance this week on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live.

“I didn’t leave that movie, I was fired,” Moore said. “Yeah, yeah, Nicole [Holofcener, the original director] fired me. So yeah, that’s the truth.”

“I think she didn’t like what I was doing,” Moore explained. “I think that her idea of where the character was was different than where my idea of where the character was, and so she fired me.”

Director Marielle Heller also took over for Holofcener, who went on to receive an Oscar nomination for her screenplay.

When asked if she had seen the movie, Moore said no.

“I haven’t yet, ’cause it’s still kind of painful,” she said. “I love Melissa McCarthy, I worship her, I think she’s fantastic, so I’m sure she’s great.”

“It’s pretty bad,” the actress added. “The only other time I was fired was when I was working at a yogurt stand when I was 15. So yeah, it felt bad.”

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