Ah, Meryl Streep. It’s got to be wonderful to be at a point in one’s career where you can basically act in whatever the hell you want, with the knowledge that probably 75% of the time, you’re going to get nominated for an Oscar for it (she’s been nominated 16 times). That’s Ms. Streep. And you know what? She deserves it. She’s an absolutely amazing actor and one of the best… ever.
Her next role is a doozy — Streep is re-teaming with Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd to portray former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Thatcher. The story is set to take place in 1982 in the days leading up to the clash over the Falkland Islands between England and Argentina.
Thatcher was an iconic figurehead for the conservative movement in the ’70s and ’80s, a staunch reactionary who was virulently anti-Communist and a strong critic of the Soviet Union, once famously saying “The Russians are bent on world dominance, and they are rapidly acquiring the means to become the most powerful imperial nation the world has seen. The men in the Soviet Politburo do not have to worry about the ebb and flow of public opinion. They put guns before butter, while we put just about everything before guns.” She also was responsible for the privatization of many British industries, including… um… British Petroleum.
Ahem. Anyway, it should be a fascinating picture. While I haven’t seen Mamma Mia!, Streep’s presence guarantees an arresting portrayal at the very least.
We now shall sit patiently and await comments from PaddyDog, who I’m guessing dislikes Thatcher as much as, if not more than, my own father.