Meryl Streep has shown off the same spirit as the tough woman she plays in The Iron Lady. The Oscar-winning actress has defended the movie after British Prime Minister David Cameron criticised her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher as a vulnerable elderly woman.
Cameron questioned why the plot focused more on Thatcher's battle with ill health in her later years, including her struggle with dementia, instead of her time in office as the UK's first female prime minister.
He told BBC Radio 4, "It's a fantastic piece of acting by Meryl Streep. You can't help wondering, why do we have to have this film right now? It is a film much more about ageing and elements of dementia rather than about an amazing prime minister... (It's) a film I wish they could have made another day."
However, Streep, who won a Golden Globe for her role as Thatcher in the drama and has been nominated for an Oscar, feels Cameron's remarks were inappropriate.
She told the Sunday Mirror, "What about him (Cameron) saying on the radio that people should wait until she is dead (to make the film)? How must that make her feel?
"If I'd made a film about Margaret Thatcher and she had something wrong with her lungs no one would have raised a hue and cry. But it's because it is mental frailty she is afflicted with that is what terrifies us most."