Watch: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Director on Lesbian Literary Figure and Forger Lee Israel

The film, starring Melissa McCarthy, is out Friday, October 19.

In a role already getting Oscar buzz, Melissa McCarthy plays Lee Israel, a gay best-selling celebrity biographer who revitalizes her fading writing career by forging letters from deceased authors and actors including Dorothy Parker and Noel Coward. When the authenticity of her letters start raising flags, Lee and her gay BFF Jack (Richard E. Grant) start swiping original letters from libraries and selling them.

In a just-released featurette, the movie’s director, Marielle Heller, speaks about the infamous author setting the scene for the highly-anticipated flick.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is in theaters October 19.

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