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First picture of Meryl Streep as Baroness Thatcher in The Iron Lady
The Telegraph ^ | 2/8/2011

Posted on 02/08/2011 1:07:38 PM PST by bruinbirdman

The first picture has been released of Meryl Streep playing Baroness Thatcher in The Iron Lady, the forthcoming Hollywood film about the former British prime minister's life.

The biopic, which also stars Jim Broadbent as Lady Thatcher's husband Sir Denis, began filming at the end of January.

It is being made by Pathe and Film4 and is directed by British director Phyllida Lloyd, who is best known for her theatre work.

Streep, one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood, was seen as one of the few women capable of convincingly playing Lady Thatcher.

However, producers faced concerns over how an American would be received playing the part, and suggestions that the role should have gone go to a British actress.

The film will focus mainly on the period immediately prior to the Falklands war. . . .

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ironlady; margaretthatcher; streep; thatcher
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1 posted on 02/08/2011 1:07:40 PM PST by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman

It will be a smear job. Amazing how people on FR pimp for the liberal media, hollywood, celebs.


2 posted on 02/08/2011 1:09:31 PM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: bruinbirdman
However, producers faced concerns over how an American would be received playing the part, and suggestions that the role should have gone go to a British actress.

British thespians had better pray Hollywood doesn't retaliate.

3 posted on 02/08/2011 1:10:41 PM PST by skeeter
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To: bruinbirdman

My choice would have been Emma Thompson.


4 posted on 02/08/2011 1:10:46 PM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: bruinbirdman

I don’t know much about the Iron Lady but Meryl Streep really can’t pull off her looks, at least not in that picture. She looks like she just saw a tarantula or something while the Baroness looks steely and confident.


5 posted on 02/08/2011 1:11:01 PM PST by Sister_T ("Calling ILLEGAL aliens "immigrants" is like calling shoplifters 'customers'!"-UCFRoadWarrior ><>)
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To: bruinbirdman

Yeah, no.

6 posted on 02/08/2011 1:11:29 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: bruinbirdman

Nothing worse than Liberals ACTING like they are a hero conservative

I totally resent hollywood scum-sucking progressive liberal America haters who think they are great for doing what they do in the first place. I resent even more when such an anti-conservative hateful actor gets to play the part of real hero who stood up for everything that actor was mostly against.

7 posted on 02/08/2011 1:12:57 PM PST by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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To: bruinbirdman

I read about this movie. It portrays Thatcher as a dementia riddle old bat who regrets all the decisions she made in the past. It is upsetting a lot of people, including Maggie herself. A real smear job.


8 posted on 02/08/2011 1:13:19 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: bruinbirdman

My choice would’ve been Bo Derek. At least she’s a conservative.


9 posted on 02/08/2011 1:16:41 PM PST by albie
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To: Ev Reeman
"My choice would have been Emma Thompson."

Both Emma and Meryl are lfetists whose politics are far from those of Mrs. Thatcher's.

This is going to be a 'Hatchet Job' on her and Reagan as well which is why I have not spent a $ on a movie in the theater in years.

10 posted on 02/08/2011 1:17:07 PM PST by wmileo
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To: Lazlo in PA

That comes as no surprise.


11 posted on 02/08/2011 1:19:30 PM PST by wmileo
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To: bruinbirdman

I predict a box office failure. Thatcher fans won’t go see it because they know it’ll trash Thatcher. Thatcher haters won’t go see it because why would they see a movie about someone they don’t like.

I would have gone with a British actress. As soon as I saw Streep had the role, I knew I wouldn’t want to see it.


12 posted on 02/08/2011 1:19:36 PM PST by Padams
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To: Ev Reeman

Helen Mirren was astounding as Queen Elizabeth II. I wonder if she could have played Lady Thatcher? That said, Streep has an uncanny ability for morphing accents of every type imaginable (check her out in her early films playing a Pole, a South African, etc). She is a pro and perhaps the best actress in Hollywood. I believe she will do a great job personally.


13 posted on 02/08/2011 1:20:01 PM PST by Frank Sheed (Fr. V. R. Capodanno, Lt, USN, Catholic Chaplain. 3rd/5th, 1st Marine Div., FMF. MOH, posthumously.)
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To: ICE-FLYER

I thought the same thing. I wondered if she could really portray, with honesty, this great woman.


14 posted on 02/08/2011 1:20:05 PM PST by Dudoight
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To: Ev Reeman

And SHE can act.


16 posted on 02/08/2011 1:23:41 PM PST by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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To: Sister_T
She looks like she just saw a tarantula or something while the Baroness looks steely and confident.

Just what we need, a botoxed "Baroness"... Streep can't hold a candle to the real deal.

17 posted on 02/08/2011 1:26:09 PM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: wmileo

Is there any female conservative actress in England left?


18 posted on 02/08/2011 1:27:56 PM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: Frank Sheed

Mirren would also be an admirable choice.


19 posted on 02/08/2011 1:29:07 PM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: wmileo

Thatcher was the best PM of England since Churchill.


20 posted on 02/08/2011 1:30:13 PM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: bruinbirdman

The earrings and necklace are spot on. That’s it.


21 posted on 02/08/2011 1:30:57 PM PST by Moose Burger
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To: bruinbirdman

Last thing I want to see is more leftwing spin


22 posted on 02/08/2011 1:32:09 PM PST by GeronL (http://www.stink-eye.net/forum/index.php for FR backup site!)
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To: bruinbirdman


Thatcher gets a spot in Paul Johnson's Heroes.
23 posted on 02/08/2011 1:36:31 PM PST by cornelis
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To: albie; ICE-FLYER
ICE-FLYER ~ Nothing worse than Liberals ACTING like they are a hero conservative

albie ~ My choice would’ve been Bo Derek. At least she’s a conservative.

Hollywood would cast Michael Moore as Ronald Reagan.

25 posted on 02/08/2011 1:42:26 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 749 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: ICE-FLYER

This will be another Hollywood smear job - bank on it. The left in the UK still hates Thatcher.


26 posted on 02/08/2011 1:43:56 PM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: cornelis
God bless anyone passing along the word on the brilliant and noble Paul Johnson. That is a man who can't help but get it
27 posted on 02/08/2011 1:44:50 PM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Frantzie

Look at the kindness and wisdom in the eyes of Lady Thatcher. Compare that to the deer in the headlights look Streep is portraying. That alone is a smear job.


28 posted on 02/08/2011 1:48:29 PM PST by liberty or death
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To: All; Fiddlstix
Oh, c'mon. This is a movie, fer cryin' out loud. LIghten up. Are some folks here going to commit hari-kari because Meryl Streep is going to portray a conservative icon?

Streep is one of the few real actresses left in Hollyweird today. Ya want Britney Spears to play Lady Thatcher?

Looking at the two photos side-by-side the likeness is close enough....and like any veteran actress Streep will turn into the Prime Minister before our very eyes.

Really, did Errol Flynn look like General Custer? Who cares! I actually hoped Custer would have looked like Flynn. But Flynn played him to the hilt with zest and flair and hunkiness and darn good dramatic acting....and that, my friends, is why the marvelous bio-pics of the thirties and forties were such a big part of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

(P.S....it's more important to pay attention to what some lefty screen writers write for the actors to say in this movie. As Shakespeare might have said, "Herein may lie the rub")

Leni

29 posted on 02/08/2011 1:50:50 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: Lazlo in PA
Source, please.

Leni

30 posted on 02/08/2011 1:52:54 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: ICE-FLYER

Conservatives can role play Liberals because, at root, all that means is acting selfish, immature, close-minded and refusing to take responsibility for anything. In other words, acting like a spoiled brat of a five year old. Since we have all been five years old brats at one time, and since all have had experience dealing with such, it’s not that difficult. All we have to do is pretend to regress to that level.

Liberals, on the other hand, have difficulty playing Conservatives because that would mean acting mature, reasonable, even-handed and acknowledging that acts have consequences and that people must be held responsible for their own success or lack thereof. In other words, they have to act like adults — and they just do not know how. They would have to mature past their current level in order to play that kind of role — but if they did that, they wouldn’t be Liberals anymore.


31 posted on 02/08/2011 2:00:54 PM PST by Ronin ("Dismantle the TSA and send the screeners back to Wal-Mart.")
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To: MinuteGal
Try Google why don't you. Since you used please here it is. UK Daily Mail piece. Real Commie Pinko stuff going on here.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1301025/How-Meryl-Streeps-Maggie-plumbs-new-depths-portraying-destroyed-dementia-guilt-record.html

"Left-wing fantasy: The film will portray Thatcher as a delusional dementia sufferer, even if she remains active, for instance visiting David Cameron recently.

32 posted on 02/08/2011 2:03:21 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: bruinbirdman

“Streep, one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood, was seen as one of the few women capable of convincingly playing Lady Thatcher”

No, she is seen as one of the few—maybe the only, I don’t really know that world all that well—actresses of her age who can headline a hit movie. Oh, and she’s famous for doing accents.


33 posted on 02/08/2011 2:05:59 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: bruinbirdman
Lloyd previously directed Streep in the 2008 Hollywood blockbuster Mamma Mia!

Liberal hit piece? I don't know, but Mamma Mia was just stupid. I'm embarrassed to admit I actually saw that in a movie theater.

34 posted on 02/08/2011 2:05:59 PM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: bruinbirdman

Meryl Streep looks clueless... is the movie going to be a spoof?

Thatcher looks far from clueless in her pic. She’s all business with just a little smile.


35 posted on 02/08/2011 2:07:18 PM PST by Third Person
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To: MinuteGal
Margaret Thatcher's Kids 'Appalled' by Streep Biopic

Margaret Thatcher Movie Script: A Hit Job?.

36 posted on 02/08/2011 2:08:35 PM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: bruinbirdman

Who’s playing Reagan? I heard something about Robert Forster recently—which would be fine with me—but I don’t know if it was in connection to this film.


37 posted on 02/08/2011 2:09:17 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: MinuteGal

Some posts from the past on this topic:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2557750/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2555040/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2554329/posts


38 posted on 02/08/2011 2:09:35 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Tublecane

Streep is a fine actress but even she couldn’t save THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE.


39 posted on 02/08/2011 2:11:41 PM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: Frantzie
Amazing how people on FR pimp for the liberal media, hollywood, celebs.

Get a grip. It's a movie.

Whatever happened to simple, clever conversation?

40 posted on 02/08/2011 2:16:41 PM PST by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: bruinbirdman

I beleive Meryl Streep has the most Oscar nominations. She never won though.


41 posted on 02/08/2011 2:23:28 PM PST by Post5203 (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing...Edmund Burke)
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To: bruinbirdman

Tssss! Hottie.


42 posted on 02/08/2011 2:24:09 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (talk to the hand)
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To: bruinbirdman

I think she could pull it off I hope Meryl Streep don’t turn Maggie Thatcher into Faye Dunwway Joan Crawford character


43 posted on 02/08/2011 2:25:25 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: bruinbirdman

She doesn’t look anything like her.


44 posted on 02/08/2011 2:25:37 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Post5203

I thought she won 2. I’ll check.


45 posted on 02/08/2011 2:26:31 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Frank Sheed

“Streep has an uncanny ability for morphing accents of every type imaginable (check her out in her early films playing a Pole, a South African, etc)”

Accents are overrated. Like physical deformities, mental retardation, and general insanity, they’re showy shortcuts to praise. That is, for people (like me) who can’t tell the difference between average and exceptional immitations. Passable and awful ones, yes, the difference is glaring. But it’s not worth praise to be passable.

When a foreigner hits a spot-on impression of my native accent, that’s notable. I’m thinking now of Hugh Laurie as tv’s House, whom I would never have taken as British had I not been so informed. Since I’m not Polish or South African, I can’t say how well Streep did, except to say it was believable. Leave it to Poles and South Africans to sing her praises. From my perspective, it’s merely something I have to get past so as to appreciate the truly important aspects of performance. That’s why I call it “showy.”


46 posted on 02/08/2011 2:26:40 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Post5203

She won for Sophie’s Choice and Kramer vs. Kramer. Been nominated about a bajillion times.


47 posted on 02/08/2011 2:28:28 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Frank Sheed

“Hugh Laurie as tv’s House, whom I would never have taken as British had I not been so informed”

That’s not quite true. You can hear it when he yells, sings, and talks fast. But the rest of the time it’s uncanny.


48 posted on 02/08/2011 2:28:48 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Glenn
Get a grip. It's a movie. Whatever happened to simple, clever conversation?

we knew you were a commie leftist pimp!

49 posted on 02/08/2011 2:32:28 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (talk to the hand)
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To: Frantzie

How dare somebody post an article you don’t like? You convinced me, Frantzie...I used to think you’re a jerk, and now I’m sure.


50 posted on 02/08/2011 2:33:09 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Win The Future = Whiskey Tango Foxtrot)
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