McCarthy, best known for raunchy 2011 comedy
"Bridesmaids" and her "Saturday Night Live" impersonations of
former White House spokesman Sean Spicer, plays Lee Israel, a
crusty biographer-turned-literary forger.
"One of my favorite things is finding the character, the
wardrobe, the make up, the hair," McCarthy told reporters on the
red carpet at the Toronto Film Festival on Saturday.
"It's so much a part of what people are, and I think especially
for Lee. I kept saying, she's always cocooning herself and it's
our body armor," she said.
The movie is based on Israel's autobiography. It recounts her
move into forging letters from famous authors and actors to make
money after failing to sell her own books.
"Lee was in some ways bigger than life, so challenging and
brilliant and incredibly funny and talented but also very
difficult and prickly and unapologetic," McCarthy said.
The role has brought McCarthy some of the best reviews of her
Asked how she felt about the reaction, the actress told Reuters,
"I think it's really exciting. It's a little bit like having a
(Reporting by Reuters Television; Writing by Nichola Saminather;
Editing by Jill Serjeant and Daniel Wallis)
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