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In January, Jim Broadbent will begin shooting the Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep in the lead role and the British actor recently weighed in on the American Oscar winner’s casting.
“Years ago a film about Thatcher was attempted, and they had a phone-in vote on a BBC morning news program: ‘Who do you think should play Margaret Thatcher?’ And Meryl actually came out on top!” Broadbent told New York Magazine when asked about possible resistance to an American stepping into the shoes of one of Britain’s most iconic figures.
“I think it’s perceived that Thatcher needs a star, really, and she’s perfect casting in many ways. She’s got a good look, and she’ll absolutely do it in a brilliant way.”
He thinks Streep will help widen the perspective of the movie, making the Thatcher story more approachable to a global audience.
“She’s also got an interesting eye on the script: She can bring an outsider’s view on the story, so that it won’t become a lazy, parochial piece that Brits understand but where nobody else really knows what’s going on. She can ask the questions that foreign audiences will ask.”
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