Skip to comments.An insult? No, this shows why Maggie was so mighty (Streep differs with, respects Thatcher greatly)
Posted on 11/14/2011 6:41:43 PM PST by presidio9
Many feared the worst when they heard Meryl Streep was to play Margaret Thatcher in a new film. Not only was Baroness Thatcher to be cast as a rather befuddled, elderly woman looking back on the triumphs and disappointments of her life, but Streep is also of a very different political hue from Maggie. It was commonly agreed that our greatest Prime Minister since Churchill would be vilified. Such fears are misplaced. Having just seen the film in a London preview before its release in January, and then having spoken at length to Meryl Streep about her role in The Iron Lady, I can state categorically that the doomsayers were wrong. Streeps portrayal will, I have no doubt, come to be seen as magnificent portrait of Lady Thatcher. And when I spoke exclusively to the double Oscar-winning actress about playing her, she declared herself to be in awe of Lady T, adding that this was the biggest role she had undertaken in her career. It took a lot out of me, but it was a privilege to play her, it really was, she told me. It was one of those rare, rare films where I was grateful to be an actor and grateful for the privilege of being able to look at a life deeply with empathy. Theres no greater joy. The 62-year-old star, who was in London to see the completed film, explained how she admired Thatchers willingness to stand and be leader, a decision which meant she had to offer her life, and her familys, on an altar to the public good.
I still dont agree with a lot of her policies, said Streep. But I feel she believed in them and that they came from an honest conviction, and that she wasnt a cosmetic politician just changing
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I don’t care for Meryl Streep’s personal politics, but she is a brilliant actress and I don’t see any issue at all with her playing the Iron Lady. She very much looks the role and it really is something that Streep plays her versus a two bit actor.
You want people who are willing to find a solution. I admire the fact that she was a love-me-or-hate-me kind of leader who said: This is what I stand for. Its a hard thing to do and no ones doing that now.
Sarah Palin did that. Sarah is Sarah and she knows exactly what she stands for.
I wonder if Meryl respects her for it?
Streep is saying what she’s been told to say. I think some studios have figured out that movies can be “Baldwined”.
Put it this way: I wouldn't waste my money paying to see Mark Levin sing, Rush Limbaugh act, or Michelle Bachmann tell jokes. Chris Christie could probably do all three. So could Ronald Reagan for that matter, but you get my point.
Meryl is an ugly woman and a pathetic actress.
Give it a rest. Streep is a professional and understands that, at its most fundamental level, a professional performance increases sales and her personal “brand.”
I disagree. I find her a beautiful woman and a stunningly brilliant actress.
Trailer looks amazing:
One of the things I’ve always respected about Streep was the way she took care of her fiancee John Cazale (probably best remembered as Fredo from The Godfather films) when he was dying from bone cancer. Of course, that’s the decent thing to do no matter who you are. But it’s not the sort of devotion one has come to expect from a lot of Hollywood types.
I’ll probably see it. If for no other reason than that the Falklands War has always been of great interest.
Trailer does look good. OTOH I remember that the trailer for “Pearl Harbor” looked great, but the film itself stank to high heaven.
Streep understands that Conservatives buy movie tickets, too.
If Oliver Stone was not involved, it has a chance to be both good and factual.
Wow, I didn’t know that. Enjoyed him in Dog Day Afternoon and the Deer Hunter.
Another thing was Bob DeNiro personally paid for the insurance so that Cazale could be in The Deer Hunter.....Cazale was a heck of an actor.
The funny thing was I had assumed that Streep was dating James Woods when they were filming “Holocaust” together.
My wife and I will go see this. She really wants to so I will tag along. I will give you a run down before you all have to suffer if it is bad.
I agree completely. Can’t stand her politics- but she has great talent as an actress, and I was awed by her version of Amazing Grace in Silkwood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK-N8wRjkSw