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Julianne Moore Says She Was Fired from 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

Julianne Moore reveals that she didn’t walk away from the lead role in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, she says she was fired.

The Oscar-winning actress was supposed to play the role of Lee Israel, a part that went to Melissa McCarthy and earned her an Oscar nomination this year.

During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live on Thursday (March 7), a caller asked Julianne why she left the film and if she has seen it.

“I didn’t leave that movie, I was fired,” Julianne said, adding that director Nicole Holofcener fired her. Nicole, who wrote the screenplay, left the project after the movie fell apart back in 2015. It was later retooled with Marielle Heller as the director.

“I think she didn’t like what I was doing. We just been rehearsing and doing pre-production and stuff and her idea of where the character was was different than where my idea of where the character was, so she fired me,” Julianne said.

She added that she hasn’t yet seen the movie “because it’s still kind of painful. I love Melissa McCarthy. I worship her. I think she’s fantastic, so I’m sure she’s great.”

“It’s pretty bad,” Julianne added. “The only other time I was fired was when I was working at a yogurt stand when I was 15, so it felt bad.”

Julianne Moore Dons Jade Green Dress for 'Gloria Bell' Screening

Julianne Moore matches her dress to her eyes at a screening of her new movie Gloria Bell!

The 58-year-old Still Alice actress stepped out for the event held at 92nd Street Y on Tuesday (March 5) in New York City.

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She paired her jade green ensemble with a pair of black boots.

Julianne and director Sebastian Lelio wrapped their arms around each other for a photo.

In Gloria Bell, a free-spirited woman in her 50s seeks out love at L.A. dance clubs. Don’t miss it when it hits theaters this Friday (March 8)!

“I am really proud of this one and the work of everyone in it,” Julianne shared on Instagram. “It has an extraordinary group of actors and we were lucky to be directed by the fantastic @lelioseb. ❤️ GO SEE IT!”

READ MORE: Julianne Moore Had To Learn How To Dance Salsa for ‘Gloria Bell’

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Julianne Moore Had To Learn How To Dance Salsa for 'Gloria Bell'

Julianne Moore is all smiles as she makes her way out of Good Morning America in an all purple ensemble on Tuesday (March 5) in New York City.

The evening before, the 58-year-old Oscar-winning actress made an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote her new film Gloria Bell, which hits theaters on Friday (March 8).

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Julianne talked about having to learn to dance for the film: “I’m not a natrual dancer and I don’t know salsa so I had a dance teacher come over, and then John [Turturro] would come over, we’d do a little disco and do a little salsa,” she said. “He’s great and loves to dance.”

Julianne and Stephen then got up to show off their salsa skills for the audience – Watch below!


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FYI: Julianne is wearing a Givenchy black cutout dress and suit on The Late Show. She is wearing an Isabel Marant sweater on GMA.

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Julianne Moore Dons Feathered-Frock for 'Gloria Bell' Premiere

Julianne Moore hits the red carpet for the premiere of Gloria Bell on Monday night (March 4) at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

The 58-year-old Oscar-winning actress looked pretty in a multi-colored, feathered dress as she stepped out to promote her new movie.

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Before the premiere, Julianne changed into a black suit as she arrived at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert show for an appearance.

The film follows a free-spirited woman in her 50s who seeks out love at Los Angeles dance clubs.

Gloria Bell hits select theaters on Friday, March 8.

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Julianne Moore & Michelle Williams Kick Off Sundance 2019 with 'After the Wedding' Premiere!

Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams walk the carpet at the premiere of their movie After the Wedding during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday (January 24) in Park City, Utah.

The ladies were joined at the event by their co-stars Abby Quinn, Alex Esola, and Tre Ryder, as well as Julianne‘s husband Bart Freundlich, who wrote and directed the film.

Here is the synopsis: “Seeking funds for her orphanage in India, Isabelle (Williams) travels to New York to meet Theresa (Moore), a wealthy benefactor. An invitation to attend a wedding ignites a series of events in which the past collides with the present while mysteries unravel.”

The movie is a gender-swapped remake of Susanne Bier‘s 2006 movie After the Wedding, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2007 Oscars.

FYI: Julianne is wearing Alexander McQueen. Michelle is wearing a Louis Vuitton dress.

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Julianne Moore Represents Peace Week at NYC's Town Hall!

Julianne Moore keeps it cool and casual while striking a pose backstage at the 2019 Peace Week Town Hall on Monday (January 21) in New York City.

The 58-year-old actress then hit the stage for a panel alongside author and alternative medicine expert Deepak Chopra, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie, LIFE Camp founder, CEO Erica Ford, and anti-gun violence campaigner David Hogg.

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“Join us for an interactive conversation among influencers, thought leaders, LIFE changers, and community members impacted by violence and mass-incarceration as part of Peace Week NYC,” the invitation for the event reads, though only to Betaworks Studios members.

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