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Actress Melissa McCarthy loses 75 pounds. Now she looks absolutely unrecognizable

Cheryl Kahla
Mar 29, 2018
02:52 P.M.

The actor and comedian Melissa McCarthy is most famously known for her role as Sookie St. James in the series Gilmore Girls.

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McCarthy built her career without 'conforming to Hollywood stick-thin standards,' and her fans loved that she embraced her size and never allowed to anyone to get her down.

As reported by Goodfullness, McCarthy recently opened up her weight loss journey. She lost 75 pounds, or 34 kilograms, for her new film, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

The film is based on the real-life story of journalist and writer Lee Israel who was later discovered to be a literary forger. She forged more than 400 letters from deceased writers and actors.

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Israel also stole autographed documents from libraries and museums. She replaced the originals with forged copies and sold the originals.

Israel passed away on December 24, 2014, at the age of 75. She was never arrested and got rid of all the evidence when FBI agents started investigating her.

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It was announced in April 2015 that her memoir would be turned into a film. McCarthy was confirmed to be playing Israel in May 2016, after Julianne Moore turned the part down.

Filming began in January 2017 in New York and wrapped up in March 2018. The film is currently in post-production and will be released on October 19, 2018.

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McCarthy dropped the weight in preparation for her new role and said she did it through a ketogenic diet which consists of high-protein and low-carb meals.

With a low-carb eating plan, a person's body will burn fat rather than carbohydrates when it needs energy. McCarthy also added that she followers an exercise program.

“I think I’m more confident than I’ve ever felt in my life. I always thought it was worth the fight. Now I know it is.”

Melissa McCarthy, Goodfullness, March 27, 2018.

Fans of McCarthy can also look forward to her other upcoming projects. She was cast as Connie Edwards in The Happytime Murders.

Life of the Party has been completed and will be released on 11 May 2018. It was also announced that she would appear in Bureau of Otherworldy Operations and The Kitchen.

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