Richard E. Grant Praises "Unique" Predominantly Female Set on 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

"I would run a thousand miles a day to go and do that again. It was absolutely amazing and for an actor, that’s what you hope you’re going to have in a working environment," Grant told The Hollywood Reporter In Studio.

Richard E. Grant teams up with Melissa McCarthy in Marielle Heller’s film Can You Ever Forgive Me?, based on the true story of writer and literary forger, Lee Israel, and her accomplice and friend Jack Hock.

The film featured a majority female crew, which was something that made Grant feel “nurtured and cared for” while on set, as he tells The Hollywood Reporter In Studio, alongside director Marielle Heller.

“I’ve been on the Logan movie set, which is a 300-strong crew of basically men. They had arms thicker than my thighs stuck together,” he explained. “Then coming to this movie, which is co-written, directed by, starring, produced by and crewed by predominately women, the feeling of, it sounds so cliché, but of being nurtured and cared for and hoover crafted by people’s kindness is something that was unique.”

Grant added: “I would run a thousand miles a day to go and do that again. It was absolutely amazing and for an actor, that’s what you hope you’re going to have in a working environment.”

The character of Lee, who Heller calls a “bit of an asshole,” is one we don’t see many actresses portray onscreen, but the director hopes audiences watching the film “feel a little closer to humanity and to other people.”

“I find Lee to be hilarious and interesting and fascinating to watch, and the reason she’s fascinating to watch is because she’s not a morally clean person,” she told THR. “I think seeing artists who are struggling and trying to figure out how to get by in a city is something a lot of us can relate to.”

She continued: “What would it be if you’re 51 and you wake up and the world tells you you’re obsolete? What would you do? So if watching this story makes us feel a little closer or a little more compassionate toward other people in our lives, or the woman who lives across the hall from you, or who you pass on the street, I think that’s a nice outcome of it.”

Watch the video above to hear Grant and Heller also discuss creating 1990s New York City, working with Melissa McCarthy and more.