Meryl Streep criticized for 'Iron Lady' depiction of Margaret Thatcher

meryl-streep-iron-lady-2.jpgOne might think that if someone is going to portray you on screen, you'd want it to be perennial Oscar nominee and two-time winner Meryl Streep. But those who know Margaret Thatcher are not impressed with her performance in "The Iron Lady."

Norman Tebbit, who worked with Thatcher throughout her time as the Prime Minister of England, writes in the Telegraph:

"I do not know whom the makers of the Meryl Streep film talked to ... I found her self-assured on the principles of her politics, but open-minded on tactics, although sometimes utterly naive about the impact of what she might say in that cockpit of male humour, the House of Commons ... However, she was never, in my experience, the half-hysterical, over-emotional, over-acting woman portrayed by Meryl Streep."

Tim Bell, a PR adviser to Thatcher, says of the film, "I can't be bothered to sensationalise this rubbish. I can't see the point of this film. Its only value is to make some money for Meryl Streep and whoever wrote it. I have no interest in seeing it. I don't need a film to remind me of my experiences of her. It is a non-event. It won't make any difference to her place in history of the fact of what she did"

"The Iron Lady" is being released in a limited number of theaters on Dec. 30 so as to be eligible for the 2011 awards. The nationwide release is Jan. 6.

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