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Could Meryl Streep play BETTE DAVIS in a film?

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  • Irishmovielover4ever
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    I know it may be a hard question to answer but here are some points i would like to make. First I know she could master the accent. Second she may not be able to play a younger davis (or maybe with makeup she could. I would see that film and if someone mentioned it to Streep she would play it in a second as Streep loves Davis. So what do you think?
      

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    Gucci
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    #439131

    I don’t see why not.

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    Lathan Vargason
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    They have similar face shapes, and Meryl has certainly proven herself.  And Davis liked her, and Meryl loves her, so it seems like a match made in heaven.. and most certainly if the movie focused on All About Eve onward to Baby Jane or something.  She definitely could not play a young Bette.  Who knows! It would be interesting to see

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    babypook
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    I can definitely see her playing Davis in a film like “All About Eve”, which is Prada-like.

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    TV12
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    I’ll give you two answers:

    1) NO

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    2) HELL NO!!!

    I love Meryl Streep, dearly, but no one should or can “play” Bette Daivs. Just like no one can “play” Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett shouldn’t have “played” Katharine Hepburn. I would cringe if I saw anyone try to do what Bette Davis did. I wouldn’t enjoy it.

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    JayDF
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    #439135

    Sure she could play the part…Judy Davis would be a better choice though.

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    jamesgray
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    I’ve always thought that Kate Winslet looks JUST like Bette Davis at some times (especially the eyes).  She could do a young.

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    Choice Chayawat
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    “Meryl Streep can play Batman and be the right choice.” – Cameron Tucker, Modern Family

    Why should there be an actress playing Bette Davis, presumably in a biopic about her, to begin with?
    Why not do a film about her diva feud with Joan Crawford? That would be an epic campy film! I can see lots of actresses fighting to play either one of them.
     

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    babypook
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    Lol! She can put a decapitated budgie in Joan’s clothes-hanger closet.

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    Miss Frost
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    Meryl Streep can play damn near anyone and do a brilliant job. The problem is Bette Davis has always been known by her eyes, it would be a ton of work just to get the physical aspect for a proper Bette Davis biopic.

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    David Duryea
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    YES!!!! Meryl CAN and SHOULD portray Bette Davis! I don’t believe Bette would want anyone else but Meryl to play her anyway. Meryl is not identical but she has a lot of the same traits especially the eyes. Meryl could speak volumes with her eyes as she did in Devil Wears Prada, She-Devil, Sophie’s Choice etc… I would loved to have seen her play in Now Voyager or Of Human Bondage- an Oscar Bette should have won in both movies as well as All About Eve…but back to Meryl. Meryl is the Bette Davis of her generation and the last of the truly old-school talented Hollywood Royalty members. May Meryl go onto win a 4th to tie and then a 5th Oscar to surpass Katherine!

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Meryl Streep has played Julia Child, Margaret Thatcher, and an elderly male rabbi. If given the chance she could probably play a toaster oven in a film. So sure, she could probably play Bette Davis. 

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    BrokenFan
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    Meryl Streep can play my organic chemistry textbook and snatch an Oscar nod. 

    Can she? Sure.

    Should she? Maybe not. It’s going to be blamed as being another “Streep show”.  

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    DS0816
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    A few years before her death, which was in 1989, Bette Davis mentioned that the one actress she could envision portraying her is Carol Kane. Kane was a 1975 Oscar nominee for best actress in Hester Street. Kane, who will be 60 this year, won two Emmys for Taxi (both on ABC and NBC). In recent years, her profile has been low key. But I think, regardless of that, the late great Bette Davis was correct.

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    Laactingnyc
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    Can she : Yes
    Should she : I really don’t want to see a movie about Bette Davis. I Loved her and i think it would sort of make her look less iconic in a way.

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