Margaret Thatcher refused to meet Meryl Streep over Hollywood biopic
London: The makers of upcoming film ‘The Iron Lady’ wanted lead actress Meryl Streep to discuss the project with Margaret Thatcher so that she could gain a better understanding of her and copy her accent and manner.
But it has emerged that the former British Prime Minister refused to meet Streep over fears that it could distort her 11 years in power, reports the Daily Mail.
Lady Thatcher is 85 and has not carried out public engagements since she was taken ill last October.
When the request to deal directly with her office was turned down, the filmmakers approached a former aide for help. He put them in touch with several of her allies who advised them on her feelings and reminiscences about her period in office.
The film shows Britain’s first woman Prime Minister reflecting regretfully on her historic time leading the country.
The original script is understood to have suggested that Lady Thatcher questioned some of the key moments of her years in power, including the Falklands War.
In another scene, she appears to admit that her economic policies may have caused misery to millions of Britons.
However, it is understood that there have been major revisions of the script following protests from Lady Thatcher’s family and friends.
Cameron McCracken, managing director of Pathe, which is making the film, has insisted that it will be made with ‘appropriate sensitivity’.