Meryl Streep just proved she is one of the most transformative actresses alive. Her Oscar-worthy performance as Donald Trump at the annual Shakespeare in the Park Public Theater Gala event in New York City had the audience chuckling as reported by Bloomberg.
The three-time Oscar-winning actress was nearly unrecognizable as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee as she took the stage for the finale wearing a dark blue suit stuffed with what appears to be a couple of pillows, haphazardly applied spray tan and a crazy looking hairpiece. She sang a rendition of "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" from Kiss Me, Kate with Christine Baranski who played the role of Hillary Clinton.
The 66-year-old actress is a staunch supporter of Hillary Clinton and according to E! News, the Democratic front-runner has put Meryl Streep at the top of her list of actresses she would want to portray her in a film about her life. Streep's introduction of Clinton at the Women in the World conference in 2012 was a clear indication of the actresses support of the politician.
The Public Theater Gala hosts the Free Shakespeare in the Park event yearly and approximately 100,000 people attend the free Shakespearian performances annually. "The Public that educates the public on the arts and supports the continued presence of the theater in the New York area." Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public, said.
"We believe in something we call civic culture, because culture is not just something that can be bought,"It needs to be shared with everybody."Performers such as Corey Stoll were in attendance to see her hilarious appearance as Trump. Her repertoire is extensive and she has notable appearances in The Deer Hunter, Death Becomes Her, Bridges of Madison County, The Devil Wears Prada, and Into the Woods shows an accomplished actress with range and an unbelievable amount of dedication. Even with her role as Donald Trump, she was fully committed down to his voice and the lack of spray tan around the eyes. Donald Trump isn't the first political figure she has played; she also performed as Emmeline Pankhurst and Margaret Thatcher, as well.Whether or not Trump has anything to say about the satire is yet to be seen, but knowing the famously thin-skinned businessman, reality star, and now a politician, if he has anything to say about the fervor over Meryl Streep's impersonation, he will take to Twitter to let her have it.
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Her exaggerated appearance (intentionally blotchy orange makeup, huge belly, super-long tie, and scraggly wig) was so comical and in many respects, so dead on that many of the comments from publications lucky enough to see it were incredibly flattering.
Streep's next project will be seen in the Stephen Frears-directed comedy Florence Foster Jenkins, a biopic about the eponymous opera singer. Other cast members include Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg. Donald Trump can be seen everywhere, especially on social media.
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