Melissa McCarthy thinks cat co-star deserves Oscar
Melissa McCarthy feels the cat she worked with on 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' is deserving of a Cat Oscar.
The 48-year-old comedienne - who portrays celebrity biographer Lee Israel in the forthcoming comedy drama - was so impressed with her fluffy four-legged co-star, Towne, who actually is a male in real life but plays a feline named Jersey in the movie, the she believes he could win awards.
According to Deadline, she said: "I heard there are actually Academy Awards for pets. I can't remember what they are called but I call them the Cat Oscars and this cat should win.
"[W]e had to cast for cat actors, so the trainer said 'well this is our best-performing cat'. So how good can this cat be? He's a he by the way. His character Jersey is a girl. He does that very well too."
The 'Life of the Party' actress - who won an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Megan in 'Bridesmaids' in 2012 - even went as far as to say Towne was "out-acting" her during takes.
She said: "The first time I take him, or her, whatever, to the vet, while we are at the counter he sneezed. And I look at him and literally thought 'Are you kidding me? Are you pretending to be sick?' Then Marielle (Heller, director) cuts and I looked to the camera and said to myself, 'This cat is out-acting me'."
'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' hit screens next month in the US, with a UK release date yet to be announced.
McCarthy is currently filming action comedy 'Superintelligence', and she stars in 'The Kitchen' alongside Domhnall Gleeson, Elizabeth Moss and Tiffany Haddish, both of which are due out next year.