Moore was originally cast to appear as Lee Israel, a character based on a real woman, but ended up being fired from the role for "creative differences," she said in a recent interview. Now, Grant says that she was fired for requesting to wear a fat suit and a prosthetic nose to portray the character.
The role would later go on to be filled by Melissa McCarthy, who would be nominated at nearly every award show for her dark and emotional portrayal of Israel.
Initial reports said that Moore and the the film's screenwriter Nicole Holofcener disputed over the addition nose, which Holofcener reportedly found too distracting. But with the full story revealed, it makes sense that Moore was cut. The idea of donning a fat suit to portray a character, especially one based on a real person, is definitely not the move.
This article was originally posted March 9, 2019.
“I think [Nicole] didn’t like what I was doing,” Moore told Cohen. “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.”
When asked if she has seen the movie, Moore explained that she hadn’t yet, “because it’s still kind of painful.” She did, however, praise McCarthy’s acting chops.
“I love Melissa McCarthy, I worship her,” Moore said. “I think she’s fantastic. So I’m sure she’s great.”