Melissa Leo: "I Was Told I Was Too Old And Not Big Enough Box Office!"

Melissa Leo: "I Was Told I Was Too Old And Not Big Enough Box Office!"

She won an Oscar for her hard-driving mama in The Fighter, but in her new movie Francine, Melissa Leo takes a total U-turn and rocks all over again.

My new column describes how Leo plays an introverted, traumatized ex-con taking baby steps towards adjustment in this arty, carefully done work.

Melissa tells me all about it, and then some.

She also reveals what the Oscar experience was like--including her controversial ad campaign and the vaudeville turn done by Kirk Douglas as people waited to hear who won in her category.

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And she talks openly about whatever frustrations are inherent in not being part of the movie-star club that makes kazillions.

"But aren't you in that club?" I wondered, sincerely.

"You wouldn't be saying that if you were my accountant," she deadpanned.

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