Since she’s, arguably, the most celebrated actress of her generation, it’s rare that we hear Meryl Streep making suggestions for potential movies. Usually she saves her astounding talent for in front of the camera, not behind it.
But while out promoting her latest performance in Florence Foster Jenkins, the biopic of the world’s worst ever opera singer that has garnered some pretty impressive reviews, Meryl Streep was quizzed about who should portray her if a biopic of her life was ever greenlit.
One of the most intriguing questions that was thrown Streep’s way during this promotion came from the Huffington Post, who asked Streep who she would like to portray her in her biopic.
Without missing a beat Meryl Streep responded instinctively said, “Amy Schumer, of course.” When her interviewer told Streep that he could genuinely see that happening, this led Streep to add, “Yeah, me too.”
But what was Amy Schumer’s response to all of this? Well, thanks to the wonders of the world wide web, we didn’t have long to wait, because Schumer was soon made aware of Meryl Streep’s quote regarding the potential dynamite bit of casting.
Schumer took to her Twitter account to not only share the story, but she also summed up her surprise and excitement at Streep’s comments with just two words, which were, “Holy s***.” Of course, swearing is never big or clever, but in this instance it’s understandable that the comedian reacted in such a manner.
Meanwhile, Meryl Streep might have some explaining to do to two people that are very close to her. That’s because Streep’s two daughters, Mamie Gummer and Grace Gummer, are themselves actresses, who might feel a little bit snubbed by Streep’s remarks.
However, despite having done rather well with their careers, especially since they’re trying to emerge from the shadow of their mother’s dominance in the profession, Streep’s insistence that Schumer would be the perfect choice to play her was immediately met with resounding positivity from moviegoers, who recognized that it now needs to happen.
Over the last few years, Schumer has established herself as one of the most prolific performers and writers in Hollywood. This is mostly because of her work on Inside Amy Schumer, which has earned rave reviews and plaudits since it debuted on Comedy Central in 2013.
— Sarah Ober (@sarahober74) August 13, 2016
In fact, Schumer has been nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards and won the Outstanding Variety Sketch Series in 2015 for her work on the show, as well as the prestigious Peabody Award, too.
Schumer’s fame reached an even higher echelon in 2015, too, when she wrote and starred in Trainwreck, which earned impressive reviews and went on to gross $140.8 million across the world from just a $35 million budget, too.
This has made Schumer one of the most in demand writers and actresses in Hollywood, and after writing the script for Mother/Daughter she recently concluded filming on the comedy that sees Goldie Hawn playing her mother. This tantalising film is due out on May 12, 2017, and now that it has finished production we can only hope that discussions are now already underway to get Schumer to play Streep in a biopic.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) August 14, 2016
However, Meryl Streep’s story might not actually be the best one to adapt into a biopic. That’s because there isn’t much conflict in her life, considering that she’s been nominated for 19 Academy Awards during her career, winning Best Supporting Actress back in 1979 for Kramer vs. Kramer and Best Actress in 1982 for Sophie’s Choice and 2011 for The Iron Lady.
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