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.

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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