Meryl Streep's anonymity love

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A biographical British drama film profiling former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, portrayed by Meryl Streep. Her husband, Denis Thatcher, is played by Jim Broadbent, and Thatcher's longest-serving cabinet member and eventual deputy, Geoffrey Howe, is portrayed by Anthony Head. The story is narrated through a series of flashbacks, including the 17 days leading up to the Falklands War in 1982.
January 6th, 2012

Meryl Streep was "fizzing with excitement" while filming scenes for 'The Iron Lady'.

The Hollywood veteran stars as Margaret Thatcher in the new biopic, which required her to use a lot of make-up and prosthetics to disguise her appearance, and she admits the look excited her because it meant she could be anonymous filming scenes in the street.

Director Phyllida Lloyd explained how after filming one scene where she was filmed by hidden cameras in London Meryl "looked exultant, and fizzing with excitement, from having been in the street, anonymous. The revelation was that she couldn't get anybody to look her in the eye."

However, Phyllida says there is a sad side to the scene as most of the people who ignored the eldery looking lady probably did so because of how old she looked.

She added to the Guardian newspaper: "She looked old. Joggers going past. Commuters on their way. To them she was just - nothing."

Meryl said at the film's premiere in London that she hoped it will make Hollywood take notice of the movie's plot and casting and see that audiences want variety on the big screen.

She said: "If you look around at the movie offerings there are over 300 films that are out there this year there are very few that are starring 62-year-old women, that isn't to say that there aren't many stories that those women can embody and there aren't many women, and men, who might like to see them. I think each one that comes out and gets a lot of attention enables the next one and the next one."