Is Meryl Streep Now Too Safe With Her Roles?

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  • AMG
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    With the news that Meryl Streep is in talks to join Emily Blunt in the upcoming Mary Poppins film, Twitter has gone a flurry to suggest that the three time Oscar winner is becoming too safe with her choice in roles.

    There are many a Streepite on this forum, as well as many who say she is overrated. So, is Meryl Streep too safe with the roles she chooses to take on at this stage in her career?

    If yes, what choices should she be making? Who should she be working with?
    If no, how so?

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    GhostOrchid
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    WTF means too safe?
    Seriously I just don’t get it…
    Constant work?

    She’s quite political atm, I’ve never seen her that before. Is that too safe too?

    Yes, I sound a bit agressive, sorry. But it’s always her, not a single other actress her generation, accused of being too safe. What about Diane Keaton? What about Susan Sarandon? What about Glenn Close?

    But to answer the quesation: I’d like to see her working with Wes Anderson again and I’d love to see her playing a Zombie Killer. Sadly she’s not interested in that kind of movies.

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    Andrew Carden
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    Well, I would agree in the sense that she arguably hasn’t worked with a truly challenging director since Adaptation.

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    OnTheAisle
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    Hmmmp!

    Perhaps “challenging” male directors choose not to hire an intelligent actress who expects to collaborate and be heard.

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    Mihael Crncec
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    I’ve never quite thought about this, but now that you mention it, yes, she has become too safe with her roles. The last three of her roles (well four if you include Mary Poppins Returns) have all been musicals – Florence Foster Jenkins, Ricki and the Flash and Into the Woods. Before that it was August: Osage County, Hope Springs and The Iron Lady.

    She should change things up a bit. Perhaps take on a lead role in a Quentin Tarantino or Wes Anderson movie. I would love to see that.

    What I’ve wanted her to do ever since Angels in America is more television. Imagine an HBO or a Netflix series starring Meryl Streep. It doesn’t have to be long. Just a 10-episode limited series would be great.

    But hey, she’s Meryl Streep, she can allow herself a little time to do these fun movies. I’m sure she’ll come back to serious roles at one point or another.

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    babypook
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    Too safe? You mean, the way Adam Sandler is?
    Geez.

    I suppose, ANY kind of publicity is better than silence, most of the time.

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    GhostOrchid
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    Technically her last role was Emmeline Prankhurst, albeit just a small cameo. (she’s on every film poster of Suffragette though)

    She loves to sing then. What a crime.
    And these roles are all quite different: a witch, an aged rockstar, the worst singer of all time.

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    Atypical
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    As Streep is at the retirement age of most normal professions, she might genuinely feel that she has nothing left to “prove” anymore and just wants to have some fun (girls, you know!) onscreen. We’ve long talked about the mehness of her Oscar-bait roles, but who is writing challenging material for an almost 70-year-old white woman in Hollywood? Tarantino? Anderson? Scorsese? Fincher? Allen lol? None of the above. So if this is the phase of Streep’s career where she’s playing nannies and grandmothers, we might have to just live with that and be okay with it. She could always find a late-career “Downton Abbey” Maggie Smith-type role if she ever deigns to do series television long-term (which could be awesome BTW).

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    Mihael Crncec
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    Don’t get me wrong, I love Meryl. She’s my all-time favorite actress and I enjoyed every one of her movies and it’s not like I will stop watching her movies. I would just like to see some variety. But hey, it’s just my opinion. She really has nothing to prove anymore, though, and should just enjoy her career.

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    Film work is no challenge for her anyway. She like Day-Lewis however are intimidated by the live stage. When will she return to Broadway to claim her triple crown?

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    I’ve never quite thought about this, but now that you mention it, yes, she has become too safe with her roles. The last three of her roles (well four if you include Mary Poppins Returns) have all been musicals – Florence Foster Jenkins, Ricki and the Flash and Into the Woods. Before that it was August: Osage County, Hope Springs and The Iron Lady.

    I think it is worthwhile to look at what Streep’s choices tell us about her as an artist.

    Florence Foster Jenkins (Souvenir on Broadway), August: Osage County, and Into the Woods are all Tony nominated or Tony winning roles.

    Ricki and the Flash, Hope Springs, and The Iron Lady are all screenplays written by women.

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    Mihael Crncec
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    I’ve never quite thought about this, but now that you mention it, yes, she has become too safe with her roles. The last three of her roles (well four if you include Mary Poppins Returns) have all been musicals – Florence Foster Jenkins, Ricki and the Flash and Into the Woods. Before that it was August: Osage County, Hope Springs and The Iron Lady.

    I think it is worthwhile to look at what Streep’s choices tell us about her as an artist.

    Florence Foster Jenkins (Souvenir on Broadway), August: Osage County, and Into the Woods are all Tony nominated or Tony winning roles.

    Ricki and the Flash, Hope Springs, and The Iron Lady are all screenplays written by women.

    This is an interesting point. And without a doubt she was terrific in each and every one of those roles. However, that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t pick the roles safely. I think this proves in a way she picks them safely. Look at Helen Mirren, for example – her last few films include Eye in the Sky, Trumbo, Woman in Gold and Red 2. She plays a military officer, Hedda Hopper, a Jewish refugee and a retired agent back in action. She’s not afraid to explore a little bit. I mean, she’s even joined the next Fast and the Furious movie. She’s experimenting. I would like to see Meryl experiment a little bit, without trying to diminish anything she’s done in the last few years.

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    Meryl played the first female UK Prime Minster, a sexual frustrated housewife, an eldery in a Dsy-/Utopia, a witch, an aged rock star and a historical ultra feminist. Now the worst winner of all time.
    Still not exploring? Does she need a gun in her hands?

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    Mihael Crncec
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    It’s my opinion, why are you so hostile? I haven’t offended her in any way. I think she safely picked every one of those roles, not that she was bad. Margaret Thatcher is arguably her last memorable performance to the wider masses. Comparing her last four years to Doubt, Adaptation, Julie and Julia, The Devil Wears Prada, Silkwood, Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice, Ironweed… is wrong. Remember Ironweed? Now that was a performance. That was risky. It was interesting. She doesn’t need a gun, that wasn’t my point. @ghostorchid, you remind me of someone, a feisty Meryl fan we had on these forums, Etchie. He disappeared some time after Meryl was snubbed at the Globes last year. Anyway, I think Meryl is the greatest actress in the world, but that doesn’t mean I should praise every single one of her career moves.

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    It’s my opinion, why are you so hostile? I haven’t offended her in any way. I think she safely picked every one of those roles, not that she was bad. Margaret Thatcher is arguably her last memorable performance to the wider masses. Comparing her last four years to Doubt, Adaptation, Julie and Julia, The Devil Wears Prada, Silkwood, Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice, Ironweed… is wrong. Remember Ironweed? Now that was a performance. That was risky. It was interesting. She doesn’t need a gun, that wasn’t my point. @ghostorchid, you remind me of someone, a feisty Meryl fan we had on these forums, Etchie. He disappeared some time after Meryl was snubbed at the Globes last year. Anyway, I think Meryl is the greatest actress in the world, but that doesn’t mean I should praise every single one of her career moves.

    Meryl, is a touchy/sticky/hostile/passionate topic around these parts. Lol.
    Thank goodness you weren’t referring to me (this time)!
    Welcome to the boards!

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