I know how much everybody just loves Meryl Streep, so when I saw that she did an interview with South Africa’s Fairlady, I positively had to share. You want to talk about one of the classiest, most talented ladies on the celebrity block, you’ve got it right here. And naturally beautiful? Jeez, for days.
On the lack of cinematic diversity for female actresses:
“There aren’t that many movies around, available. There aren’t that many movies written that I could do. There aren’t a lot of serious movies. That’s all right. I like comedies, too.”
On playing Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’:
“There is no part like this because there’s no woman like this. I’m going to turn that down because I don’t like her politics? My God. Part of what interested me about this whole thing was seeing why we are so uncomfortable on a certain level with women leaders and with their male partners feeling diminished. It’s an interesting thing for us to contemplate.”
On wanting to win awards for her performances:
“How can you be in this business and not? It’s sort of a non-starter, that conversation. I’m proud of [Iron Lady]. I want people to see it. I especially want women to go out on the first weekend and see it… You have to scramble so hard to make a movie about women.”
Oh her husband’s enjoyment of her ‘Iron Lady’ performance:
“My husband loved it. He’s the last person I thought would be drawn to it. But he said it’s not a political movie, it’s an existential movie. He got it. That made me really happy, that my husband and son wanted to see it a second time.”
So, OK. Kill me already, but I haven’t seen The Iron Lady. Is it really that much of a must-see, or is it an artsty-fartsy take on a movie that would bore me to tears anyway? Have many of you guys seen the film, and I’m just a dead-headed schlep who thinks independent films like A Love Song for Bobby Long are the bee’s knees, or do you, like me, think that The Iron Lady could possibly have seemed like a powdery wig-type thing? I mean, I’m sure it’s probably f-cking awesome, considering it won awards and what not, but let’s be real for a second, OK?: it’s probably no Death Becomes Her, right? Yes?