Richard E. Grant Talks Chemistry With Melissa McCarthy in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'
"I'm always riveted by how actors, if they don't have that connection, then they have to deal with each other," the Golden Globe nominee said to the Actor Roundtable.
"It seems almost like magic in a bottle," Richard E. Grant told the Actor Roundtable, on establishing chemistry with a co-star. Grant stars alongside Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me? While both characters are gay, their friendship is a love story, nonetheless. "I'm always riveted by how actors, if they don't have that connection, then they have to deal with each other," Grant continued. He and McCarthy, "met on a Friday and began shooting on a Monday," so they didn't have time to develop a rapport, it just had to exist, he explained.
"You go in with the best intentions," Grant continued. "Nobody wants to go in and make a dog of a movie. But if you go in with the intention of, 'I am going to fall in love with this person,' you hope that it works out."
Growing up in Swaziland, Grant knew he wanted to act from an early age, but his father thought he was "completely insane."
"I was 12 years old in 1969. Neil Armstrong had just landed on the moon and everybody in my year wanted to be an astronaut. Saying that you wanted to be an actor was as ludicrous as saying you wanted to be an astronaut. There was no precedent where I grew up of doing that," he said.
"My father was genuinely worried that I'd spend my life in tights and makeup and be destitute," Grant told the roundtable. "All of which has come true."
Grant recently earned his first Golden Globe nomination for his supporting role in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, starring McCarthy and directed by Marielle Heller.