Monday 21 October 2019

Melissa McCarthy: It’d be torture if I never worked with Richard E Grant again

The pair starred together in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Melissa McCarthy stars with Richard E Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Ian West/PA)
Melissa McCarthy stars with Richard E Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Ian West/PA)

By Keiran Southern, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Melissa McCarthy has said it would be “torture” if she never worked with Richard E Grant again.

The pair both picked up Oscar nominations for their turns in biographical drama Can You Ever Forgive Me? with McCarthy up for best actress for her portrayal of literary forger Lee Israel.

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SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Aidan Gillen and Camille O'Sullivan attend the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Aidan Gillen and Camille O'Sullivan attend the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Allen Leech and Jessica Blair Herman attend the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Eoin Macken attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Glenn Close attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Eoin Macken attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Glenn Close and daughter Annie Starke attend the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Kathy Griffin attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Annie Starke attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Chris O'Dowd speaks onstage at Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Carl Austin, Chris O'Dowd and Tara Flynn attend Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Chris O'Dowd and J.J. Abrams attend Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Allen Leech and Aidan Gillen attend Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Allen Leech, Aidan Gillen and J.J. Abrams attend Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Allen Leech and Kelly Condon attend Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Peter Devlin attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Sarah Bolger attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Sarah Bolger attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Sarah Bolger attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Jason O'Mara attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Victoria Smurfit attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Victoria Smurfit attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Taran Killam attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Don O'Neill and Pascal Guillermie attend the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Glenn Close and Melissa McCarthy attend Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Jason O'Mara attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Aidan Gillen attends Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Glenn Close attends Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Wunmi Mosaku attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Chris O'Dowd, Glenn Close and Aidan Gillen attend Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Melissa McCarthy and Glenn Close attend Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 on February 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Glenn Close and Annie Maude Starke attend Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 on February 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Melissa McCarthy, Glenn Close and JJ Abrams attend Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 on February 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Nora-Jane Noone attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Nora-Jane Noone attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Chris O'Dowd attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Chris O'Dowd, Glenn Close and Aidan Gillen attend Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Melissa McCarthy and Glenn Close attend Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 on February 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Glenn Close and Annie Maude Starke attend Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 on February 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Melissa McCarthy, Glenn Close and JJ Abrams attend Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 on February 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Nora-Jane Noone attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Nora-Jane Noone attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Chris O'Dowd attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Kathy Griffin and Chloe Dykstra attend Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 at on February 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Chris O'Dowd attends the US-Ireland Alliance 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 21, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Chloe Dykstra attends Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 at on February 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Don O'Neil and Pascal Guilermie attend Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 at on February 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: John Magaro attends Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 at on February 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: JJ Abrams and Katie McGrath attend Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 at on February 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Hylda Queally attends Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 at on February 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Carl Austin and Tara Flynn attend Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 at on February 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: John Magaro attends Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 at on February 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Melissa McCarthy attends Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 at on February 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Chris O'Dowd and Dawn O'Porter attend Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 at on February 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Kerry Condon attends Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 at on February 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: John Magaro and Finn Wittrock attend Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 at on February 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Sarah Bolger and Don O'Neill attend Oscar Wilde Awards 2019 at on February 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )

British actor Grant, 61, earned the first Academy Award nod of his career for his supporting role as Jack Hock, McCarthy’s accidental friend and accomplice.

The pair have become friends after working on the critically lauded film and when asked if she wanted to work with Grant again, she said: “God I hope so.”

Speaking at the Oscar Wilde Awards, she told the Press Association: “I’d hate to think I’d never get to do something with Richard again. That would be torture.

“Any time, any place, I’m in.”

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is directed by Marielle Heller and has been a hit with critics and viewers.

It is based on the memoirs of Israel, who admitted to forging celebrity writings in a bid to revive her flagging career.

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Melissa McCarthy is Oscar-nominated for her role in Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Ian West/PA)

McCarthy, 48, known for starring in comedy film Bridesmaids, said she did not expect the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the film.

She said: “I just don’t think you can ever expect it. You take a film because you love it, you love the characters and I loved every second of making it with Richard E Grant. And Marielle Heller was a dream as a director.

“But you never know how people will react to something. I get so attached to my characters so the fact the reception has been so incredibly warm, it just means more.”

The 91st Academy Awards take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday.

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